Siemens Energy and chemical company BASF are considering building a 50MW hydrogen facility at the latter’s Ludwigshafen site in Germany.
The plans have been revealed as part of a strategic partnership the two firms have formed to accelerate commercial implementation of new technologies designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
The possible pilot project would see a proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolyser for hydrogen production with an output of 50MW constructed, with the possibility of modular capacity expansions.
A high-temperature 50MW thermal heat pump for generating process steam from waste heat would also be installed in a production plant.
Siemens Energy and BASF said a study is underway to assess the potential for common system and catalytic converter development in an effort, to boost the efficiency of electrolysis plants (PEM electrolysis) and for collaboration in generating electricity from wind energy.
“By joining forces with BASF, we want to exploit the experience gained in pilot projects as a basis for implementation of new technologies and concepts and thus play an active role in shaping the energy transition in the process industry,” said Dr. Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy.
“Our strategic objective, in our role as a reliable and experienced partner for all types of energy systems, is to help address the growing demand for goods and services and at the same time contribute towards achieving the climate protection targets on our path to a more sustainable world.”
Dr. Martin Brudermüller, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF, said, “At BASF, we want to develop and implement new low-CO2 technologies as quickly as possible.”
“If we want to use such technologies on a large scale, we will need appropriate regulatory framework conditions and targeted support.”
“We need renewable electricity in large quantities for this, and we need it at competitive prices.”
Technical and commercial feasibility of the pilot project will be studied as soon as possible, a statement confirmed.
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