Global chemical company, Linde has announced to build a 24-megawatt Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolyzer plant in Germany.
The electrolyzer is expected to start its production by the second half of 2022 and will be built, owned, and operated by Linde at its Leuna Chemical Complex, Germany. The construction of the plant will be completed through a joint venture between Linde and ITM Power, ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH.
“Clean hydrogen is a cornerstone of the German and EU strategies to address the challenge of climate change. It is part of the solution to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions across many industries, including chemicals and refining," said Jens Waldeck, President Region Europe West, Linde.
The hydrogen produced from the facility will be supplied to Linde's industrial existing network of customers. Additionally, it will distribute liquefied green hydrogen to refueling stations and other industrial customers in the region.
According to Linde, the total green hydrogen being produced can fuel approximately 600 fuel cell buses, driving 40 million kilometers and saving up to 40,000 tons of carbon dioxide tailpipe emissions per year.
As on date, Linde has installed approximately 200 hydrogen fueling stations and 80 hydrogen electrolysis plants worldwide. The company also operates the world's first high-purity hydrogen storage cavern, with a pipeline network of about 1,000 kilometers to supply its customers.
"This project shows that electrolyzer capacity continues to scale up and it is a stepping-stone towards even larger plants," Waldeck commented.