Germany examines mass production of hydrogen electrolysers
German renewable energy technology company Enapter said June 14 it was accelerating plans to mass-produce green hydrogen electrolysers.
The company said it was moving fast on its plans to develop the machinery necessary to produce hydrogen electrolysers at a larger scale, saying it was playing a pivotal role in the effort to “help flip global warming.”
Enapter said it was already working on a research and development site for serial electrolyser production at a campus in Germany.
“The industrial mass production of highly-innovative electrolysers will enable us to deploy low-cost green hydrogen in many sectors,” said Andreas Pinkwart, the state minister for energy in Germany’s North Rhine-Westphalia. “This technology holds enormous potential for the climate-friendly conversion of our industry and makes an important contribution to achieving climate protection goals.”
The plans follow an announcement from German renewable energy company Siemens Gamesa that it was looking at wind energy to help power electrolysers to produce green hydrogen.
Siemens Gamesa CEO Andreas Nauen said it took decades for wind and solar to reach price parity with some of its fossil fuel counterparts. Though hydrogen is still in the nascent stage, the mounting international issues stemming from climate change suggests time is of the essence.
Costs, however, can be an impediment, he said, so there should be a collaborative approach between policymakers and would-be investors on the best way to build up the supply chain and necessary infrastructure to support green hydrogen development.
The North Rhine-Westphalia state is backing Enapter’s project with €9.3mn (US$11.26mn) in funding.