Shell Signs Contract With Thyssenkrupp for Green Hydrogen Facility
Shell has signed a supply contract with ThyssenKrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers for a large-scale green hydrogen project dubbed, the "Hydrogen Holland I" in the port of Rotterdam, Netherlands. This is purported to be one of the biggest green hydrogen facilities in the world. The plan is to seamlessly integrate the 200 MW plant into Shell's existing fuel operations in Rotterdam. According to optimistic estimates, the supply of hydrogen can begin in 2 years.
Green hydrogen will be produced for the industry and transport sector primarily. The focus of the plant will be on being net zero. The energy for the electrolysis will be supplied from the offshore wind farm Hollandse Kust. Reusable construction materials will be utilized wherever possible and solar panels will be incorporated in the outer walls of the plant. The hydrogen produced can be transported through a pipeline stretching 40 km, from the plant to Shell's energy and Chemicals Park Rotterdam.
This plant will be based on its 20 MW alkaline electrolysis module. With more than 600 projects and 240,000 electrolytic cell elements under their belt, ThyssenKrupp Nucrea is a leader in the chlor-alkali business and has over 5 decades of experience. Hence they have a strong foundation for alkaline water electrolysis technology. The construction for the first electrolyzers is expected to begin in spring 2022, following Shell's final investment decision regarding Holland Hydrogen I. The start of the production of hydrogen is anticipated by 2024.