Wunsiedler Energiepark starts operation

The Wunsiedler Energiepark now houses the biggest electrolysis facility in all of Bavaria. The facility in Upper Franconia, with an electrical output of 8.75 megawatts, will generate 1,350 tons of hydrogen yearly using solar and wind energy.

Söder is now anticipated for a hydrogen appointment in Wunsiedel, Upper Franconia, where Bavaria’s largest electrolysis plant to date has been formally inaugurated at the energy park. A plant will yearly create 1,350 tons of green hydrogen.

8.75 megawatts of electrical power are used to power it initially, and 1,350 tons of green hydrogen will be produced yearly using solar and wind energy. It is intended to increase capabilities in the medium future to a maximum output of 20 megawatts.

As part of a larger plan for the little town, those in charge in the Fichtelgebirge are adopting a decentralized strategy: The electrolyzer will run mostly on surplus wind and solar energy that would otherwise not be generated since the power grid could not handle it.

The green hydrogen produced in this manner is also intended for regional use, including filling stations, and industry, but also for reconversion. The combined heat and power plant, which is situated next to the electrolysis system and is typically powered by wood gas, has the ability to convert the hydrogen back into electricity and local heat, albeit with some losses if there is insufficient solar and wind energy.

The system cost 20 million euros, which was private investment. The WUN H2 operating business is owned by the Siemens Smart Infrastructure division and the Lichtenfels-based gas provider Rießner-Gase, with SWW, the municipal utility of Wunsiedler, owning the remaining ten percent.

Siemens is responsible for the plant and its technology, Rießner is responsible for the transportation and sale of the hydrogen, and SWW is responsible for the smooth integration into their “Wunsiedler Weg” municipal energy concept.