Companies around the world are vowing to build smarter for a greener tomorrow. Among the companies that are spearheading this movement is Siemens as it announces its plans of building a CO2-free hydrogen production plant in Bavaria.
On September 25, Siemens Smart Infrastructure and WUN H2 GmbH signed a contract “to build one of the largest hydrogen production plants in Germany.” This plant uses a well-known process known as electrolysis to chemically separate the hydrogen and oxygen atoms from water. However, the difference here is that this plant runs on renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics and wind power, while still maintaining high capacity and efficiency, as it will be able to produce up to 2,000 tons of hydrogen annually.
According to Siemens, “gas for end customers (had) to travel a relatively long way even until now. This new CO2-free plant in Wunsiedel will “help ease grid bottlenecks and provide flexibility for the grid” by improving local distribution and energy efficiency for the Bavarian and Czech Republic border region. Such improvements include a new hydrogen filling station and even a process in place to allow oxygen and excess energy for industries and businesses in the area to reuse.
More than just a power plant
Although one of the obvious goals with this plant was efficiency and sustainability, another aim was for this project to be a role model for the future of reliable green energy. “We want to achieve locally already today what Germany is targeting for 2050, namely a complete energy transition across all sectors,” said CEO of Siemens Germany, Uwe Bartmann.
This project will not only support northern Bavaria and the Czech Republic with dependable energy, but it will also serve as a shining example of a cleaner and brighter tomorrow for all of Europe. Groundbreaking is expected to begin toward the end of this year and commissioning is slated for late 2021.
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