Andritz Group (a technology company that offers innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for industries including hydropower) and MAN Energy Solutions (a German multinational producing engines and machinery) will jointly develop international projects to produce green hydrogen from hydropower.
Both companies have signed a strategic framework agreement in Ravensburg, Germany. The partnership aims for hydrogen in Europe and worldwide, including the production of green hydrogen, which can then be imported for consumption in Germany.
The collaboration will start with a pilot project in Europe and jointly identify projects and implement them in the context of the German Federal Government’s H2 Global initiative- a funding platform that aims to promote the market launch of green hydrogen and hydrogen-based power-to-X products.
Both partners aim to launch an initial joint pilot project before the end of this year to produce about 650 tonnes of green hydrogen through a 4 MW electrolyser plant. In future projects designed to export hydrogen, the installed electrolysis output is expected to increase up to 100 MW.
MAN Energy Solutions will offer scalable and flexible electrolysis technology to this partnership, along with many years of experience in power-to-X technology and plant engineering.
Frank Mette, CEO of Aandrits Hydro Germany, said, “By adding the possibility of producing hydrogen to hydropower plants, we are taking the next step and also making the energy generated there ready for export and storage without restriction.”
Dr Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Energy Solutions, said, “Hydropower plants are ideal for generating hydrogen in a completely climate-neutral, reliable and cost-effective manner. With Andritz Hydro, we have been able to enter into a partnership with a world leader in the field of hydraulic power generation to develop these prospects together with us.”