Thyssenkrupp to install 88MW water electrolysis plant for Hydro-Québec


Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ Green Hydrogen product division has been awarded an engineering contract to install an 88 megawatt (MW) water electrolysis plant for Hydro-Québec, a Canadian energy firm, after successfully completing a feasibility report.

The water electrolysis plant will be installed in Varennes, Quebec, which will deliver 11,100 metric tons of green hydrogen per year. Both hydrogen and oxygen, a by-product of the electrolysis process, can be used in a biofuel plant to generate residual waste biofuels for the transport industry.

With a power of 88 MW, this plant will be one of the world’s first and largest renewable hydrogen production facilities. The commissioning is expected for the end of 2023.

“This project is an excellent illustration of how important the interaction of secure access to competitive renewable energy and the use of scaled technology for hydrogen production is.”

Sami Pelkonen, CEO of Thyssenkrupp’s Chemical & Process Technologies business unit.

“Quebec as a region and Hydro-Québec as a customer offer ideal conditions for installing our water electrolysis technology on a multi-megawatt scale for the first time.”

Denis Krude, CEO of Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.

Water electrolysis is the main technology for decarbonizing the manufacturing sector, since it is actually the only scaled technology for processing renewable hydrogen. Green raw materials can only become commercially feasible if they are manufactured and used on an industrial scale, since this is the only way that scaling-up results will be expressed in an increased cost structure. thyssenkrupp’s water electrolysis technology delivers the world’s largest standard modules that can be conveniently integrated to provide multi-megawatt and gigawatt power.

“With the expansion of our annual supply chain to one gigawatt, our large standard modules and the global presence of our company as an EPC supplier, we already have an ideal starting position in a market that is becoming more dynamic.”

Christoph Noeres, head of green hydrogen at Thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.
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