Thyssenkrupp unveils water electrolysis technology to boost hydrogen production


Diversified industrial group  Thyssenkrupp has unveiled  a new  water electrolysis technology which CEO Sami Pelkonen describes as a “major significance for energy transition.”

The technology will help boost hydrogen production on a large scale using renewable energy.

“With our water electrolysis technology, we have successfully brought  a technology to market maturity which  is of main significance for transition of energy,”he said.

Green  hydrogen  as a clean, CO2 –free starting point can be used in many ways production of sustainable chemicals, mobility and energy storage.”

Hydrogen has  a lot o potential  in a low-carbon future that  includes  clean fuels, energy storage in the gas grid ,and the  creation of sustainable chemicals like methanol and ammonia when renewable energy are used.

Technology is available in pre-fabricated skid-mounted modules  so that it is easily deployed and integrated into existing plants. Modules can be added up to any desired project range, potentially into the  range of hundreds of mega watts .

The energy storage and hydrogen facility is at Thyssenkrupp Uhde.

“Based  on decades of experience in  building and developing electrolysis plants, we have designed our product to be easy to install and deliver, highly efficient, with minimized investment and operation cost,” Chlorine Engineer  Roland Kappner said.

The technology has already been commissioned successfully as part of Thyssenkrupp’s Carbon2Chem project, which targets to use emissions from creation of steel  as a raw materials  for  creation of chemicals . The already hydrogen  present in the flue gas  can  be used for   synthesis  of ammonia, but in addition , hydrogen is needed for production of  methanol.

Thyssenkrupp South Africa will actively seek to build partnerships with South Africa’s renewable energy stakeholders.