Hydrogen was produced for the first time on the site of RWE's Emsland gas-fired power plant (KEM). The electrolyzer from Sunfire is part of a test plant in the GET H2 TransHyDE project. According to the manufacturer, the electrolyzer generates up to 250 kW of power. The hydrogen produced there is used for research purposes.
RWE Generation SE has commissioned a high-temperature solid oxide electrolyzer (SOEC) in Lingen. The plant, manufactured by Sunfire, is part of the GET H2 TranshyDE research project.mThe project partners indicated that testing for pipeline transport and storage of hydrogen should start in 2024.
For this purpose, the electrolyzer installed in an overseas container produces up to 7 kg of H₂ per hour at full load. The approximately 170 kg of hydrogen produced daily in this way will then be fed into the 130 m long test line (loop).
In the coming weeks, a reciprocating compressor will be commissioned alongside the 250-kW electrolyzer. This will allow the hydrogen to be compressed to the 58 bar pressure required for pipeline transport.
Hydrogen lead projects TransHyDE
In the GET H2 TransHyDE joint project, nine project partners are researching the infrastructure for green hydrogen in public spaces. To this end, they are setting up a test environment on which they intend to test methods for measuring the quality and quantity of hydrogen and thus gather knowledge on the transport of hydrogen. In addition, they plan to optimize compressor concepts and investigate how hydrogen affects materials. Other aspects of the research project include technologies for remote leak detection and line inspection and maintenance. The project team consists of:
DVGW Research Center at the Engler-Bunte Institute of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
University of Potsdam
TransHyDE is one of the hydrogen flagship projects funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to advance the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy. The BMBF is funding TransHyDE with approx. 11.6 million €.