Siemens Energy is set to supply 12 cutting-edge electrolyzers with a combined capacity of 200 MW to the Normand’Hy project in France, spearheaded by Air Liquide. This ambitious project aims to produce 28,000 tons of renewable hydrogen annually, starting in 2026, contributing to both industry and the mobility sector.
The transition to a sustainable, low-carbon industrial landscape hinges on the availability of green hydrogen. This project, Normand’Hy, is a vital milestone in that journey. However, it is viewed as just the beginning. Anne-Laure de Chammard, a member of the Executive Board of Siemens Energy, emphasized the need for more large-scale projects like this, stating, “For the development of a European hydrogen economy to succeed, we need reliable support from policymakers and simplified procedures for funding and approving such projects.”
By utilizing Siemens Energy’s advanced electrolyzers, Air Liquide aims to drive the decarbonization of Normandy’s industrial hub and mobility sector. The result is a potential annual reduction of up to 250,000 tons of CO2 emissions, a monumental step towards achieving sustainability goals.
Siemens Energy’s electrolyzers, based on proton exchange membrane technology (PEM electrolysis), are perfectly aligned with intermittent renewable energy sources. Their rapid response time and dynamic control capabilities make them an ideal choice for the ever-changing energy landscape. Furthermore, their compact design and high energy density enable the hydrogen industry to expand rapidly while minimizing its environmental footprint.
The Normand’Hy project represents the collaboration between Air Liquide and Siemens Energy. Siemens Energy will provide the electrolyzers from its newly established production facility in Berlin, marking the beginning of a new era in green hydrogen production. Industrial-scale production of stacks, the core component of PEM electrolyzers, is scheduled to commence in November this year. By 2025, production is projected to reach at least three GW per year, supporting hydrogen initiatives worldwide.
Normandy’s transition to green hydrogen, with Siemens Energy’s technological prowess and Air Liquide’s vision, exemplifies the potential for a sustainable and environmentally friendly future. As the world confronts the challenges of climate change, projects like Normand’Hy showcase the power of innovative collaborations in driving positive change.