In the world of renewable, if it isn’t “the largest in the world”, it doesn’t count, so fast are developments going. Take the (originally) German industrial gas company Linde:
Linde announced it will build, own and operate the world’s largest PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolyzer plant at the Leuna Chemical Complex in Germany.
The new 24-megawatt electrolyzer will produce green hydrogen to supply Linde’s industrial customers through the company’s existing pipeline network. In addition, Linde will distribute liquefied green hydrogen to refueling stations and other industrial customers in the region. The total green hydrogen being produced can fuel approximately six hundred fuel cell buses, driving 40 million kilometers and saving up to 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions per year.
The electrolyzer will be built by ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH, a joint venture between Linde and ITM Power, using high-efficiency PEM technology. The plant is due to start production in the second half of 2022.
The electrolyzer technology will be provided by ITM-UK, Linde does the handling of the H2 after production.
ITM Power moved into their 1GW per annum factory in January 2021. The factory is at Bessemer Park in Sheffield, UK, a new build development of 134,000 square feet. The manufacturing facility has an electrolyser manufacturing capacity of up to 1GW (1,000MW) per annum, the largest in the world.
[chemeurope.com] – Linde to Build World’s Largest PEM Electrolyzer for Green H2
[rechargenews.com] – Linde to build ‘world’s largest electrolyser’ to produce green H2
[wikipedia.org] – Linde plc
[wikipedia.org] – ITM Power
This is an ITM 2019 presentation on the 10 MW Shell electrolyzer at the Hanover Fair
New 2021 ITM electrolyzer production plant in Sheffield-UK, capacity 1 GW/year. Renewable storage going mainstream.