SolarPower Europe members, Meyer Burges and European Energy, with Ecosolifer, in partnership with Hydrogenics, have launched an Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) proposal for a solar to hydrogen facility.
The project proposal entitled ‘Silver Frog’ foresees the construction of a 2GW/year solar PV manufacturing facility. The facility would provide over 10GW of installed PV capacity, also including wind, for the production of 100% renewable hydrogen, transported by gas pipelines to hard-to-decarbonise industries, such as steel or chemicals.
Over a period of eight years, the project is estimated to produce 800,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen and reduce eight million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year.
“Solar is crucial in delivering fully renewable electricity throughout Europe. The ‘Silver Frog’ project reveals how solar can facilitate the development of renewable hydrogen,” said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of Solar Power Europe.
“Further, this project’s emphasis on the integration of PV manufacturing facilities sends a strong signal to the European Commission that any discussions surrounding renewable hydrogen will require a robust renewable industrial strategy.”
“The ‘Silver Frog’ project has the aim of helping to deliver the EU’s Green Deal, with a focus on hard-to-decarbonise sectors,” said Thomas Hengst, Head of Global Sales at Meyer Burger.
“The crucial element of our project is to develop a new European manufacturing capacity for solar PV cells and modules. The technology has been developed in Europe and has the potential to establish sustainable and globally-competitive solar cell and module production thanks to its very high efficiency.”
“By focusing on the production and transportation of renewable hydrogen, we can address existing and future demand, as well as offering the concept as an integrated solution.”
The companies presented their joint proposal at the Hydrogen for Climate Conference earlier this week.