Rolls-Royce and SOWITEC collaborate on power to X projects

Power Systems, a division of Rolls-Royce, will collaborate with SOWITEC to supply power to X projects by 2028 with a maximum electrolysis capacity of 500 megawatts.

The power produced by the plants will be used to power mtu electrolysers to manufacture hydrogen using renewable energy sources. This clean hydrogen may be utilized to create industrial feedstock, sustainable e-fuels for the maritime, aviation, agricultural, mining, and data center industries, as well as fuel for fuel cells and hydrogen engines.

In addition to experience with hydrogen ecosystems and the simulation, design, and optimization of decentralized energy supply systems, Rolls-Royce brings a wide range of its own new products to the cooperation for the production and use of sustainable fuels based on green hydrogen. These include mtu electrolysers, mtu fuel cell systems, and mtu hydrogen engines.

Through its “Net Zero at Power Systems” sustainability program, Rolls-Royce had said in 2021 that it will restructure the product lineup of its business unit Power Systems so that by 2030, green fuels and innovative mtu technologies can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 35% compared to 2019. This short-term objective is crucial to the Rolls-Royce Group’s goal of reaching net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. In the meanwhile, the company is already running a successful mtu fuel cell system, creating green hydrogen electrolysers, and gradually releasing its primary engines for sustainable fuels like HVO (hydrotreated vegetable oils). In order to enable a CO2-neutral energy source, the mtu gas engine portfolio is now being readied for hydrogen as a fuel.