German energy giant Uniper has announced plans to make the northern German city of Wilhelmshaven into national German hub for hydrogen.
The firm’s plans include an important terminal for green ammonia, an “ammonia cracker” to produce green hydrogen and a 410-megawatt electrolysis plant. Uniper says the facility will be able to supply around 295,000 metric tons of green hydrogen, or ten percent of the total expected German demand, by 2030.
“We need to get hydrogen out of the laboratory and start using it in large-scale applications and marketable industrial solutions — we should make it into a commodity and exploit its wide variety of uses,” said Uniper COO David Bryson in a statement. “One way of achieving this is to import green ammonia and convert it into hydrogen, which is something we are looking at for Wilhelmshaven.”
Uniper plans come as German has launched a National Hydrogen Strategy aimed at making the country the “world number one” in the sector. (Link hier setzen)
“The government’s hydrogen strategy sends the right signals,” says Germany Trade & Invest hydrogen expert Heiko Staubitz. “Inquiries are increasing, and more and more ideas are being developed about how to replace natural gas with hydrogen.”