Uniper selects Plug to develop electrolyser package for Maasvlakte


Uniper has selected Plug Power Inc. to design the electrolyser technology for Uniper’s Maasvlakte site at the Port of Rotterdam.

At the Maasvlakte Energy Hub, Uniper plans to commission 100 Megawatts (MW) of plug electrolysis capacity to produce green hydrogen by 2026, rapidly expanding that capacity to 500 megawatts by 2030 at the latest.

Under the agreement, Plug will deliver 10 prefabricated PEM (proton exchange membrane) electrolyser arrays for Uniper’s flagship project, H2Maasvlakte, upon Uniper’s positive Final Investment Decision (FID).

“The H2Maasvlakte project marks a significant milestone for Europe’s transition to more sustainable, localised energy in response to geopolitical risk and climate change,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug.

“Plug is fully committed to a green hydrogen future and our electrolyser technology has a proven track record of helping customers produce green hydrogen at scale.”

READ: Port of Rotterdam to start green hydrogen trial

Plug designs the electrolysis technology for this project as part of the H2Maasvlakte Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) study which is currently being performed by Uniper with Technip Energies.

The FEED study is supported by Topsector Energie (TSE) subsidies of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate.

Plug’s electrolyser technology for H2Maasvlakte will be manufactured in the European Union and the US.

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The Rotterdam port area, which includes the Maasvlakte site, is the largest carbon emitting industrial cluster in the Netherlands.

In 2021 the area emitted 23.4 metric tonnes of CO2.

Decarbonising this area alone would contribute significantly to the Dutch overall target to reach net zero by 2050, according to the Port of Rotterdam.

In September 2021, Energy company Uniper and the Port of Rotterdam Authority  entered into an agreement for developing the production of green hydrogen at the Uniper location on Maasvlakte.

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