ITM Power Starts Production of Hydrogen Cells at Gigafactory in Sheffield


The cornerstone of the decarbonization of transport and energy is the production of appropriate equipment. In the UK, ITM Power in Sheffield has commissioned the #gigafactory (they now like to call new plants that way, at the suggestion of Elon Musk), which produces electrolysis equipment with a volume of up to 1 GW per year.

The plant was built not just with a certain «reserve for the future», its products are relevant today. The first electrolysis plants from the workshops of the new plant were immediately sent to the green hydrogen production facility at Shell’s refinery in Wesseling (# Germany). This facility is part of the European consortium Refhyne, which also includes ITM Power as equipment supplier. The 10-megawatt electrolysis unit at the Shell refinery will use only renewable electricity to produce up to 1,300 tons of green hydrogen per year.

This is just the first major facility to use ITM Power electrolysis equipment. As part of the Refhyne consortium, Shell plans to start hydrogen production in the Netherlands at a 10 GW offshore wind farm in the North Sea. Shell also plans to build a 200 MW electrolyzer in the port of Rotterdam, and by 2023 begin production of about 50,000-60,000 kg of hydrogen per day. # energy for this will come from the 759 MW Hollandse Kust Noord offshore wind farm, which will be commissioned in 2023.

That is, above, we have an example of a vertically integrated system, where each of its mechanisms works for a single decarbonization task. ITM Power manufactures electrolysis equipment, #shell uses it on its old sites and creates new energy facilities, the energy for the operation of electrolysers comes from offshore wind farms, and the hydrogen obtained will be sent to the needs of heavy industry (steel, cement production) and transport (trucks, railways). transport, aviation). Absolutely logical and synchronized work.

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Say what you like, but we must already take it for granted that future transport will also be divided into two categories. Now it is gasoline / diesel, and in 15-20 years it will be either fully battery cars or running on hydrogen.

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