Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, and Air Liquide, the global market leader in gases, technologies and services for industry and healthcare, have concluded a wind PPA to produce green hydrogen.
Climate-neutral hydrogen is key to the German industry to lower its CO2 footprint. The Norwegian state-owned company will supply Air Liquide between 2024 and 2026 with renewable power from its wind portfolio in Germany. The French producer of technical gases will use the power to produce renewable hydrogen at a large scale in its newly built 20 MW “Trailblazer” water-electrolysis plant in Oberhausen, Germany. The PPA is designed to match the electricity demand for renewable and REDII-compliant hydrogen production.
“This is our first green electricity PPA that enables the production of green hydrogen. With our wind farm portfolio, we could offer Air Liquide a solution that meets their needs at competitive prices,” says Sascha Schröder. “The green electricity supplied will be used to produce green hydrogen on a large scale. This is an important basis for the transformation of industrial processes in order to permanently reduce the CO2 emissions of industry in Germany. This means that we already have the solutions of tomorrow today. ”
The electrolyser will be integrated into the existing infrastructure of Air Liquide in the Rhine-Ruhr-valley to supply key industries and mobility with renewable hydrogen and oxygen. The agreement will enable Air Liquide’s customers and partners to benefit from renewable hydrogen that follows the EU regulatory framework for renewable fuels of non-biological origin (RFNBO) in their production processes and mobility solutions to lower their CO2 footprint.
“With this new contract, Air Liquide takes another step towards the energy transition, supplying its operations with renewable electricity. This agreement demonstrates, once again, our ability to provide our customers with solutions contributing to CO2 emissions reduction and illustrates the Group’s commitment to implement concrete actions to foster a low-carbon society, in line with our Sustainability Objectives,” says Gilles Le Van.
Statkraft develops, operates and markets hydropower plants, solar and wind farms in Germany and many other markets in Europe, which makes it possible to offer industrial companies tailor-made green electricity solutions. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) support the financing of new solar and wind farms and the continued operation of renewable energy plants whose subsidies have expired. Green electricity PPAs support Statkraft’s industrial customers in achieving sustainability and climate goals.