Siemens Energy has scheduled the industrial production of electrolysis modules by 2023 at Huttenstrasse in Berlin’s Moabit locality.
At this site, the complete infrastructure of an existing production hall can be used. New production lines for the electrolysers are being set up on 2,000 square meters at around €30 million.
Currently, the site mainly produces gas turbines which can already be operated with up to 50% hydrogen, and by 2030 complete hydrogen operation should be possible.
At the Siemens Energy Switchgear Plant Berlin, innovative high voltage products are manufactured, ensuring that electricity reaches consumers reliably.
At the Berlin location, the individual electrolyser cells will be manufactured and combined to form functional modules, or ‘stacks.’ These will then be assembled into larger process-based units depending on the required capacity. In Germany, this last stage will take place at Mülheim, which is closely associated with the new Berlin plant and complements it perfectly.
Siemens Energy relies on PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysis. The key aspects of this process are its high level of efficiency, high product gas quality, and reliable operation with no chemicals or impurities.
Christian Bruch, President and CEO of Siemens Energy, said, “To be economically viable, the manufacturing costs for electrolysers must be significantly reduced. With our new production facility, we are helping to make hydrogen competitive sooner.”