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Hydrogen Lighthouse Project in Essen, Germany, receives €7.5M in funding
Hydrogen Lighthouse Project in Essen, Germany, receives €7.5M in funding Presentation of the certificate of the grant notification 1 (credits: NRW / Ralph Sondermann)
1,600 tons of green hydrogen per year: that's how much is to be produced at two electrolysers in North Rhine-Westphalia in the future. One of them is located on the campus of our parent company TÜV NORD GROUP in Essen and EE Energy Engineers played a key role in its realization. On Tuesday, Mona Neubaur, Deputy Minister-President of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, presented the Dutch operator VOLTH2 with funding certificates totaling 15 million euros for both sites in the presence of the Dutch King Willem-Alexander.
Dutch company VoltH2, with support from the TÜV NORD GROUP, to build electrolyser on TÜV NORD CAMPUS
14 November 2023 marked an important date for sustainable mobility. Yesterday was an important day for sustainable mobility. In the presence of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst, Deputy Prime Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia Mona Neubaur presented grant notifications totalling 15 million euros to representatives of Dutch company VoltH2 at the Landschaftspark Duisburg public park. Half of this will go to a pioneering hydrogen project that is being carried out with the active support of two companies of the Engineering & Natural Resources Business Unit of the TÜV NORD GROUP: the construction of an electrolyser on the TÜV NORD CAMPUS in Essen.
The expertise of the TÜV NORD GROUP was a major reason why VoltH2 chose Essen as the site for an electrolyser. André Jurres, Managing Director of VoltH2: “Due to the importance of Essen as an industrial centre and the knowledge and expertise of the TÜV NORD GROUP, we saw great potential in this project right from the start”.
During planning, VoltH2 is working closely with EE ENERGY ENGINEERS and ENCOS, two companies of the Engineering & Natural Resources Business Unit of the TÜV NORD GROUP. Both are currently working on the official application that will serve as the basis for project approval. EE ENERGY ENGINEERS was also heavily involved in the successful application of Metropole Rhein-Ruhr for the HyPerformer program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (abbreviated BMDV) and is supporting VoltH2 with the electrolysis sites in Gelsenkirchen and Wilhelmshaven. HyPerformer regions receive funding from the federal government for implementation-ready lighthouse projects focussing on hydrogen mobility.
The planned constructions of electrolysers in Essen and in the Climate Harbour Gelsenkirchen have now been selected as such lighthouse projects. In Essen, systems with a capacity of around 10 mW will be erected on an area of 5,000 m².
“Hydrogen is a central pillar of the energy transition. That is why we are very pleased to have the chance to turn the Ruhr region into a hydrogen metropolis together with VoltH2”, comments Maik Tiedemann, CEO of the TÜV NORD GROUP Engineering & Natural Resources Business Unit and DMT.
Workshop at TÜV NORD Campus explores additional opportunities for hydrogen cooperation
The grant notifications were presented as part of a trade mission to explore transnational collaboration in the field of green hydrogen. Representatives from more than 30 Dutch companies travelled to a B2B matchmaking event followed by a trade dinner organised by the Dutch Embassy. Even King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands took part in the presentation of the grant notifications.
On the next day, the group headed to the TÜV NORD Campus in Essen. There, the TÜV NORD GROUP, together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Dutch business association FME and VoltH2, held a workshop for Dutch and German companies from the hydrogen sector. In addition to presentations on the Rhine-Ruhr site and the service portfolio of the TÜV NORD GROUP as well as information on funding options, an interactive session provided the chance to discuss needs, challenges and opportunities for cooperation.
TÜV NORD GROUP supports companies and municipalities with its own hydrogen initiative
The TÜV NORD GROUP has set up its own hydrogen initiative to promote the hydrogen economy throughout Germany. HydroHub pools centralised services of companies of the TÜV NORD GROUP in the field of hydrogen and supports municipalities and companies with consulting, engineering and training for the development of the hydrogen market. “We are confident that we, with the broad range of services and the expertise of various companies in the TÜV NORD GROUP, will be able to contribute to the execution of many other projects like the construction of the electrolyser in Essen“, explains Dr Carsten Gelhard, Head of HydroHub.
VoltH2 is committed to developing and operating green hydrogen plants in Europe. The company focuses exclusively on the large-scale production of green hydrogen. This hydrogen is intended for use by local industry and the transport sector. The first two production facilities are currently being developed in Vlissingen and Terneuzen (the Netherlands). These plants are already licensed and are expected to be operational in 2025. Scalability has been taken into account in the design of both installations: in the initial phase, each installation will produce nearly 2 million kg (1,890 tonnes) of green hydrogen per year. In time, production will be expanded to grow along with the market for green hydrogen. Since the spring of 2022, VoltH2 has been developing a third green hydrogen plant in Delfzijl (within Groningen Seaports). At the start-up, which is planned for the end of 2026, VoltH2 anticipates a production capacity of approximately 4 million kg (3,800 tonnes). At the beginning of 2023, VoltH2 began development of a first German hydrogen plant in Wilhelmshaven, Germany's primary energy hub. With a second German site in Essen, VoltH2 wishes to gain a foothold in the industrial Ruhr area. With the five current locations in the Netherlands and Germany, VoltH2 has a portfolio with a potential production capacity of 500 MW. VoltH2 is a collaboration between Volt Energy (the company of founder André Jurres), Virya Energy and DIF Capital Partners.
About EE ENERGY ENGINEERS
EE ENERGY ENGINEERS GmbH, with headquarters in Gelsenkirchen, was founded in 1996 and stands for first-class and made-to-measure consulting and engineering services. EE ENERGY ENGINEERS GmbH has belonged to the TÜV NORD GROUP since 2007. Our experienced and interdisciplinary team works in accordance with the customer's demand on solutions for sustainability, climate neutrality and a future-proof energy supply. Our mission is the future: We are a partner for energy efficiency, renewable energies and sustainability. We think holistically and systemically: We accompany our customers from the first consultation, through the technical designing and planning, the operative project management and on to continuous performance monitoring and all legally necessary documentation. With know-how, experience and empathy, as well as the unflagging commitment of our employees, we are making a valuable contribution to shaping a sustainable and secure future!
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