HH2E AG and the Swiss MET Group have announced a partnership to build one of the largest production plants for green hydrogen in Europe to date in Lubmin/Mecklenburg-West Pomerania on the German Baltic Sea coast.
The project aims to build a new generation Power-to-X plant with a capacity to produce around 6,000 tons (over 200,000 MWh) of green hydrogen per year. A second stage expansion is planned to increase capacity to over 1 GW, which will produce more than 60,000 tons of green hydrogen per year and help avoid more than 800,000 tons of direct CO2 emissions annually.
The construction of the first phase of the plant in Lubmin with a total investment of over 200 million euros is scheduled to start as early as 2023. Commissioning is planned for 2025. The commissioning of the second phase is planned for 2030. The total investment can exceed 1 billion euros.
The technology mix developed by HH2E for the green power plant in Lubmin is a further step towards 100% renewable energy, for all sectors and around the clock. The volatility of renewable energy production is solved by combining a 50 MW alkaline electrolyser with a 200 MWh high-capacity battery, enabling constant production of green hydrogen without a permanent supply of renewable energy.
According to Andreas Schierenbeck, co-founder and board member of HH2E, “The electrolyser produces green hydrogen when wind and sun provide enough electricity and the battery is then also charged. If the simultaneous generation of renewable energy is not sufficient, the battery supplies the green electricity that keeps the electrolyser in constant production. Our technology mix thus enables maximum use of electrolysis even with volatile availability of green electricity.”
The renewable electricity feed-in is to be secured by long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) from offshore and onshore wind farms and solar parks in the region.
Jörg Selbach-Röntgen, Managing Director of MET Germany GmbH, said: “The market in Germany shows an extraordinarily high level of interest in green hydrogen as part of the energy transition and the raw material mix. As MET Group, we are very interested and committed to making our contribution to the energy transition. The development of the project will depend heavily on the demand from industry and the energy sector in Germany, which we want to secure through reliable and long-term supply relationships.”
“Our municipality and the Lubminer Heide industrial site are breaking new ground in development,” says Lubmin’s mayor, Axel Vogt. I am pleased that an old infrastructure that once housed a nuclear power plant is paving the way for a new generation green energy site. The facility near Lubmin is strategically located near wind and solar farms that generate large amounts of renewable energy.”
Reinhard Meyer, Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of the state of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, welcomes the planned investment: “The planned construction and operation of an electrolysis plant on an industrial scale in Lubmin shows very clearly that Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, with its large wind and solar power, offers real location advantages for investments in the energy transition and thus in the transformation of industry towards climate neutrality. This project can make an important contribution to the green hydrogen economy on our Baltic Sea coast. In the future, green hydrogen will be used regionally by new industrial companies, logistics companies and the maritime economy. This means that these companies can obtain affordable green electricity on a permanent basis – a real competitive advantage for our country.”