Siemens Smart Infrastructure has started construction of an 8.75MW hydrogen production plant, considered to be one of the largest green-hydrogen projects in Germany.
On Friday 9 July, Siemens held a groundbreaking ceremony, to acknowledge the start of construction at its Wunsiedel green hydrogen plant.
The facility will generate 1,350 tons of hydrogen yearly from renewable energy.
Present at the ground-breaking ceremony was The Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, and the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Thorsten Glauber.
The plant started construction at Wunsiedel Energy Park, linked to the existing Siemens battery storage facility and nearby industrial companies.
The construction of a facility of this size that uses green-hydrogen is noteworthy, as the world moves towards alternative sources of power.
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The plant intends to counteract carbon dioxide production by 13,500 tons per year. With an electrical capacity of 8.75MW, the facility will give energy to parts of Germany and Czechia.
Siemens CFO, Professor Dr. Ralf P Thomas said:
“Converting our energy supply to recent, climate-neutral energy sources is one of the primary goals of the energy shift.” “Hydrogen plays a vital role in this. In this respect, Wunsiedel, with its current distributed energy system and the use of digital technology. It is a beacon project for a sustainable energy future.”
Dr. Philipp Matthes, Managing Director of WUN H2 GmbH, added,
“WUN H2 is a pilot project for Germany that will exhibit innovative technology in use. That will ultimately prove the usefulness of industrial production of green hydrogen
Green-Hydrogen is the new energy alternative:
Germany plans a roadmap for building a hydrogen economy. An economy with an international signaling effect to become a leading producer of hydrogen technologies in world markets. To achieve that, the government has written a National Hydrogen Strategy..
Moreover, The government cabinet has agreed on a set of rules for the Renewable Energy Act (EEG). The rules will stipulate provision for new hydrogen production facilities and other renewable fortifications
To push hydrogen use in transport, the government proposes to continue making renewable kerosene and wants to build up a foundation for hydrogen refueling suited to heavy-duty transport, for trains and ships.
To push hydrogen use in industry, the government promotes the switch from conventional fossil technologies to low-emission options with a variety of programs.
Hydrogen is a multi-purpose energy vector; used in fuel cells to power hydrogen-based mobility. It serves as a support for synthetic fuels, and, used as a medium to store renewable energies.