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Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Economics, handed over a conveyance notice to Air Liquide Germany for the construction of a 20 MW electrolyzer for the generation of green hydrogen in Oberhausen.

The total funding amount is 10.9 million euros.

Elisabeth Winkelmeier-Becker: “With the national hydrogen strategy, we have done a decisive step to further develop the energy transition. At the same time, the market hood of the H2 economy offers great economic opportunities, especially according to the cuts of the Corona Pandemic. The Ministry of Economic Affairs therefore works with high pressure to create the regulatory and legal framework conditions. Now we need concrete and ambitious projects. The project “Trailblazer” of the Air Liquide Germany has present character in this context. Here, as shown with “green” hydrogen, the sustainable transformation of the industry and certain traffic areas can look like. At the same time, the project is a strong sign for the positioning of the Rhine / Ruhr area in the hydrogen sector. “

Trailblazer is Germany’s first hydrogen project, pushed as part of the economic stimulus package’s National Hydrogen Strategy (NWS). Additionally, the project is accessible for the establishment of a cooperation between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy in the electrolysis field, with the first world-scale electrolyzer. It is the country’s first big industrial project, as demonstrated by its promotion of the benefits of green hydrogen for climate policy and industrial site in Germany.

The electrolyzer is connected to Air Liquide’s existing hydrogen pipeline to provide renewable hydrogen to critical sectors. The created green hydrogen should be employed in a variety of industries, including refineries, steel, and chemical.

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