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Hydrogen value chains by thyssenkrupp

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Advanced alkaline water electrolysis

Advanced alkaline water electrolysis

Based on thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers’ robust and efficient chlor-alkali technologies we are developing our own advanced alkaline water electrolysis technology. Identifying the need for a low-CAPEX, low-OPEX technology to keep the electricity grid in balance in the future and to provide a continuous source of hydrogen and oxygen upstream from a chemical plant, we are on the verge of adding a single modular concept for these applications to our portfolio.

With over 200,000 electrolysis cells produced so far, giving us unrivalled experience in electrochemical hydrogen production, and with over 600 plants erected worldwide on the basis of our own technology portfolio, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers provides in-depth knowledge from understanding the customer’s needs to the engineering, procurement and construction of electrochemical plants.

Key advantages/features

  • Minimized investment
  • Robust continuous and/or flexible operation
  • Plants of over 100 MW load uptake can be realized
  • One-stop shop solutions for power to X solutions with product portfolio of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Process Technologies

Transition to renewable hydrogen

Industrial hydrogen

Water electrolysis is the one discussed negative balancing energy for the electricity grid and for direct connection to renewable electricity production units as it serves not only power to power but offers a far wider product portfolio. Options for power to gas, power to fuel, power to heat and power to chemicals are available using this technology route. Direct use of hydrogen is expected to revolutionize our transport sector, with cars, buses and trucks powered by hydrogen.

Today four percent of the world’s hydrogen consumption already originates from electrolysis plants , mainly chlor-alkali installations. Dramatic changes are expected in the future as the need to avoid carbon dioxide emissions increases. Alongside renewable hydrogen production via water electrolysis, the move towards carbon dioxide as a feedstock will change the way chemicals are produced today.

In the chemical industry hydrogen plays a major role in the production of fertilizers such as ammonia and urea and is used as a desulfurization agent in oil refineries. It is also needed for all syngas routes to e.g. methanol and thus to gasoline.