RWE and Shell want to collaborate on initiatives in the domains of green hydrogen and decarbonization.
According to the two firms, Markus Krebber, CEO of RWE AG, and Wael Sawan, Director of Integrated Gas, Renewables, and Energy Solutions at Royal Dutch Shell plc, have signed a statement of intent.
RWE and Shell aim to look into the future of electrolysis technologies for green hydrogen generation. Locations that have potential hydrogen pipeline capacity but are currently difficult to connect to the electricity grid should be investigated. RWE and Shell seek to see if and how green energy can be transferred via a hydrogen pipeline from there to the end consumer.
Green hydrogen solutions for industrial clients will also be developed, with a focus on the Shell Energy & Chemicals Park Rheinland in Germany, the Shell sites in Rotterdam and Moerdijk in the Netherlands, and customers in their near area.
RWE and Shell also seek to explore green hydrogen’s potential in the transportation industry in Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. The hydrogen filling station network for large vehicles that Shell plans to create between Rotterdam, Cologne, and Hamburg by 2024 might be the starting point, according to the company.
RWE’s gas and biomass power stations will also be decarbonized, according to the two firms’ agreement. On the one hand, there is the prospect of collecting and storing CO2, while on the other, RWE’s gas-fired power plants at Pembroke (Wales), Emsland (Germany), and Moerdijk (Netherlands) are using blue hydrogen (Netherlands). Shell would operate as a hydrogen generator and provider in both scenarios, as well as taking over CO2 storage.