Shell to upgrade existing hydrogen facility to develop sustainable aviation fuels

Shell is looking to produce sustainable aviation fuels in the Wesseling section of its Rhineland refinery with help of a brand-new bio-power-to-liquid plant and an upgraded hydrogen electrolysis facility.

The oil and gas company last week (26th Feb) announced its plans, through which it will increase the current capacity of the hydrogen plant from 10-megawatts to 100-megawatts. This will be carried out with help from ITM Power, ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH and Linde.

Both projects are integral parts of the planned transformation of the site into the “Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rhineland” including an Energy Campus, for which the company is currently looking for partners.

Commenting on the development plans Dr. Marco Richrath, Refinery Director, said, “The Rhineland Raffinerie is the engine and heart of Shell’s activities in Germany and will play a key role in providing products that are increasingly different from today’s crude oil-dominated range and that will increasingly convert to regenerative solutions such as synthetic and biofuels as well as green hydrogen.”

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