The European Commission has awarded the H2FUTURE project consortium, consisting of voestalpine, Siemens, VERBUND and Austrian Power Grid (APG), as well as the research-partners K1-MET and ECN, the contract for the construction of one of the world’s largest electrolysis plants for producing green hydrogen.
Both industry at large and energy providers are currently confronted with serious energy policy challenges in Europe. The EU’s climate and energy goals stipulate a 40% reduction of CO2 emissions by 2030, which poses almost unsolvable problems for energy-intensive industries. Green Hydrogen produced based on CO2-free green electricity presents enormous potential for use as an industrial process gas, and energy storage. The H2FUTURE project is an important milestone on the path towards coupling the energy and industry sectors.
The key partners in the project are: voestalpine, Siemens and VERBUND. The plant will be built and operated on the premises of voestalpine in Linz. The green hydrogen generated there will be fed directly into the internal gas network, allowing the testing of the use of hydrogen in various process stages of steel production.The technology supplier for the proton exchange membrane electrolyser is Siemens. VERBUND, the project coordinator, will provide electricity from renewable energy sources.