The Refhyne 2 consortium has been awarded a grant for the development of a 100MW electrolyser to be sited at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park in Germany.
ITM Power, which is part of the consortium, said €32.4m had been secured from CINEA, the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency.
Refhyne 2 also comprises Shell Deutschland, Linde Engineering, ITM Linde Electrolysis, Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation, Element Energy and Concawe, and is coordinated by Sintef.
It is the follow-on project to the 10MW Refhyne 1, Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser, which began operations in July this year, with support from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking.
Refhyne 1 uses renewable electricity to produce up to 1300 tonnes of green hydrogen a year to be used to produce fuels with lower carbon intensity.
The Rheinland site, near Cologne, is where Shell intends to produce sustainable aviation fuel using renewable power and biomass in the future.
Refhyne 2 project will see an engineering design phase that will be followed by a final investment decision expected in late 2022 with delivery then scheduled for 2024.
ITM Power chief executiveGraham Cooley said: “Having successfully delivered the 10MW Refhyne 1 project, the consortium partners will take the experience and learning they have gained to scale up tenfold for Refhyne 2.
“This is a world leading project that demonstrates the increasing commitment by governments and industry to decarbonise, at scale, using zero carbon footprint green hydrogen. We are delighted to be a part of it.”