Refhyne II Consortium secures €32M CINEA grant

The project demonstrates the increasing commitment by governments and industry to decarbonise, at scale, using zero carbon footprint green hydrogen.

Refhyne II consortium has been awarded a grant of €32.4 million by CINEA (the European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) for the development of a 100 MW electrolyser to be sited at Shell’s Energy and Chemicals Park, Rheinland, Germany.

The Refhyne II consortium consists of:

  • Concawe
  • Element Energy
  • Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation
  • ITM Linde Electrolysis GmbH
  • ITM Power
  • ITM Power GmbH,
  • Linde Engineering
  • Shell Deutschland GmbH
  • Sintef AS

The 100 MW, Refhyne II project will see an engineering design phase which is followed by a final investment decision (FID) expected next year with delivery set for 2024.

Refhyne II is the follow-on project to the 10 MW Refhyne I, Europe’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolyser, which began operations in July 2021, with support from the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU).

Refhyne I uses renewable electricity to produce up to 1,300 tonnes/year of green hydrogen, initially be used to produce fuels with lower carbon intensity for decarbonising industries. The Rheinland site, near Cologne, is where Shell intends to produce sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) using renewable power and biomass in the future.

Dr Graham Cooley, CEO of ITM Power, said, “Having successfully delivered the 10 MW Refhyne I project, the consortium partners will take the experience and learning they have gained to scale up tenfold for Refhyne II.”

Paul Bogers, Shell VP Hydrogen, commented, “It will contribute to our efforts to build markets for hydrogen and successively reduce costs, in line with our strategy to help our partners and customers decarbonise and move towards net-zero emissions.”

Michael Schaeffer, VP Hydrogen & Synthesis Gas Plants, Linde Engineering, added, “We look forward to contributing to this lighthouse project in the field of green hydrogen and to partnering with Shell, building on our good relationship from other projects.”

Alexandra Bech Gjørv, President and CEO of Sintef, stated, “It allows us to take a big step towards a zero-emission future, where both heavy transport and the industry can obtain fuel from renewable energy.”

Ben Madden, Partner of Element Energy, an ERM Group company, declared, “There is a real need to ensure these large electrolyser systems are installed and tested to demonstrate and assess the economically viable production of green hydrogen at scale.”

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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