Enapter, a cleantech company, has broken ground on its mass-production facility for electrolysers in Saerbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
The site will require an investment of around €105 million (US$124 million), which would be able to produce about 10,000/month of electrolysers. The 82,000 square metre site will be powered entirely with locally produced renewable energy. Goldbeck has been contracted for the construction works. The production can start incrementally at the end of next year, where first customer deliveries are expected to begin in 2023.
To substantially bring the production cost of green hydrogen, the world needs to scale the existing technologies at speed. The mass production of electrolysers will help Enapter to cut the production of electrolysers. North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy to provide around € 9.36 million funding for the project.
Enapter already provides more than 70 integrators and project developers in 40 countries with its patented AEM (Anion Exchange Membrane) Electrolysers. Enapter will offer the first MW-scale AEM Electrolyser (the containerised AEM Multicore) by 2022. The German Government awarded €5.6 million in funding to Enapter and the Münster University of Applied Sciences (FH Münster) for its final development of AEM Multicore.
Sebastian-Justus Schmidt, CEO of Enapter, said, “Scaled production of modular, compact AEM Electrolysers for projects of any size will make a substantial contribution to tackling the climate crisis.”
Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart, North Rhine-Westphalia State Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy, said, “With Enapter, North Rhine-Westphalia has gained a strong partner for driving the climate-friendly conversion of our industry forward.”