H-TEC SYSTEMS has successfully delivered its ME450 PEM electrolyser to the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven (HLB), a research initiative at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES). The collaboration, led by general contractor Wenger Engineering GmbH, focuses on the intricate interplay between wind turbines and electrolytic hydrogen production.
The Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven serves as a crucial hub for researching and advancing large electrolysers and fuel cells. The deployment of H-TEC SYSTEMS’ 1 MW ME450 PEM electrolyser is a pivotal component of the test field, where scientists aim to unravel the complexities of the interaction between wind turbines and electrolysis. This real-world test infrastructure allows for in-depth studies, particularly concerning the challenges posed by fluctuating energy sources like wind energy.
Dr. David Wenger, Managing Director of Wenger Engineering, expressed satisfaction with the smooth collaboration between Wenger Engineering and H-TEC SYSTEMS. The Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven is poised to be a globally unique test environment, paving the way for innovative research results.
The successful commissioning of the ME450 PEM electrolyser signifies a crucial step towards realizing a sustainable hydrogen economy. Robin v. Plettenberg, CEO of H-TEC SYSTEMS, highlighted the significance of their involvement in this transformative project. The initiative aligns with the vision of a low-carbon future, making substantial contributions to the development and integration of hydrogen technology.
The integration of renewable energy sources into electricity generation presents challenges for existing electricity networks designed for centralized large-scale producers. The Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven addresses this by focusing on producing green hydrogen, which can be converted back into electricity, optimizing the balance between supply and demand.
A key research focus at HLB is the deep cross-sector integration of electrolysis, encompassing the utilization of by-products and reconversion technologies for off-grid and grid-supporting applications. These studies contribute to the integration of hydrogen technologies into the national and international energy and economic system, accelerating the production of green hydrogen.
Apart from the PEM electrolyser, the Hydrogen Lab Bremerhaven project includes various test components, such as a hydrogen cogeneration plant, a fuel cell for electricity conversion, trailer filling stations, hydrogen delivery stations, compressors, and high-pressure storage units. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Federal State of Bremen are providing €16 million in funding for this ambitious and forward-looking project.