German energy company RWE has signed an agreement with the industrial gases and engineering company, Linde, to deliver the permit planning for two electrolysers with a combined capacity of 200 MW in Lingen, Germany.
The envisaged 200 MW plant is part of RWE’s ambition to erect a 300 MW electrolyser by 2026 at the Lingen location within the framework of the project GET H2.
RWE plans to scale the total electrolyser capacity at Lingen to potentially 2 GW by 2030.
In the initial stage, the proposed new plant will consist of two 100 MW Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) electrolysers and will be powered by offshore wind power from the North Sea to produce green hydrogen.
The first 100 MW electrolyser is planned to be operational in 2024, with the second due to be completed by early 2025 provided that public funding under the IPCEI mechanism is awarded in due time, RWE said.
The permit planning is part of the pre-project development phase. The subsequent detailed engineering, procurement, and construction phases are expressly subject to the award of state aid through the Federal Republic of Germany.
According to RWE, the ambition of the GET H2 project is to create – together with national and European partners – the critical mass required to kick-start the creation of a cross-regional European hydrogen infrastructure and to develop a strong European hydrogen market.