Tractebel sees potential for carbon-neutral production of green hydrogen in large-scale offshore wind farms and its team is currently working on a detailed solution for the use of the new platform at an industrial scale. Currently, it accommodates all the technical components required for production – including electrolysis units, transformers and desalinisation plants.
Another benefit of the platform is that transportation of energy generated in this way is flexible and can be transmitted by pipelines or ships. These transport means are alternatives to the contentious or overloaded cable lines – in the sea or over land.
In terms of cost, the price of green hydrogen is higher than the cost of production of “grey” hydrogen derived from fossil sources, but a higher tax on carbon dioxide emissions will ensure opportunities for the more environmentally friendly version.
Tractebel specialises in consultancy and engineering services throughout the life cycle of its clients’ projects in energy, water, and infrastructure. As part of the energy company ENGIE, Tractebel delivers and operates offshore hydrogen platforms as an EPC supplier and offers solutions for large-scale storage across Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East, and Latin America.