Siemens Gas and Power has been awarded a contract from Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH (SZFG), a steel subsidiary in the Salzgitter Group, to build a 2.2megawatt PEM electrolysis plant.
The plant, due to begin operations in the fourth quarter of next year, will cover SZFG’s entire current demand for hydrogen and marks an important step towards hydrogen-based steelmaking.
“We are proud to be pioneers in the industrial application of hydrogen in the steel industry,” said Professor Heinz Jörg Fuhrmann, Salzgitter AG Executive Board Chairman.
“As our SALCOS® project has demonstrated, we are technologically in a position to achieve significant reductions in carbon dioxide with the aid of hydrogen.”
“The Salzgitter Wind Hydrogen project is an important building block on the way towards climate-friendly steel production. It is now the turn of politicians to put in place the right conditions to support the transformation in a low-carbon dioxide industry.”
A containerised plant will be constructed in Salzgitter which at full capacity will produce 400Nm3 of hydrogen.
The total cost of the project, including the construction of the wind turbines and the hydrogen plant and connecting these to the existing supply networks, amounts to approximately €50m.
“Reducing carbon dioxide across all industries is a central challenge if we are to meet medium- and long-term climate targets,” said Gabriele Schmiedel, Executive Vice-President of Hydrogen Solutions at Siemens Gas and Power.
“Renewable energy generation and innovative technology such as the production of green hydrogen through electrolysis are essential components.”
“We are delighted to join with Salzgitter Flachstahl GmbH to advance the application of green hydrogen in the steel industry.”