Borealis and VERBUND jointly develop industrial scale hydrogen project

Green hydrogen will be used in a joint initiative between Borealis and VERBUND to create fertilizers, melamine, and technical nitrogen.

Green hydrogen holds the key to decarbonizing industrial processes and products, especially in places where electrification is challenging or unattainable. A decarbonization initiative started by Borealis and VERBUND will employ green hydrogen to generate melamine, technical nitrogen, and fertilizers on an industrial scale in a more environmentally friendly manner.

The collaborative project, which is being carried out as part of the pan-European IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) procedure, involves the creation of green hydrogen at a 60 MW industrial electrolysis plant utilizing power from renewable sources and deionized water. At Borealis operations in Linz, Austria, the green hydrogen will be utilized to create fertilizers, melamine, and technical nitrogen. During the electrolysis process, the oxygen produced by water splitting will be employed immediately in the manufacturing process. Additionally, the electrolyser will offer transmission network grid services. The electrolysis facility is anticipated to start up in 2025, with yearly CO2 emissions savings of up to 90,000 tons anticipated.

The European Commission has now given the all-clear for a number of hydrogen projects in Europe with its approval of IPCEI projects in the middle of September, including the green hydrogen project between partners Borealis and VERBUND.