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Topsoe to build world’s largest electrolyzer-production facility to accelerate Power-to-X capacity

By Gerald Ondrey |

Sketch of the electrolyzer-production plant (Source: Topsoe)

Topsoe A/S (Lyngby, Denmark) today announces its intention to construct world’s largest and most advanced industrial-scale electrolyzer production plant. Topsoe’s ambition is to rapidly accelerate the adoption of green solutions in particular within Power-to-X. In this field, the company has the leading technology to decarbonize hard-to-abate sectors such as transport, chemicals, steel and cement.

The new electrolyzer production plant, which will be constructed in Herning, Denmark, will be operational by 2024 and have an annual capacity of 500 MW with scalability up to 5 GW, making it one of the first industrial-scale plants of its kind. The plant will produce solid-oxide electrolyzer cell (SOEC) electrolyzers. Construction is scheduled to begin in the second half of this year, subject to Board and other regulatory approvals.

“We are willing and able to support society’s green ambitions and the need to accelerate the energy transition, and we have the technology to do it, says Roeland Baan, CEO at Topsoe. “With our new electrolyzer production plant, we lead the way in speeding up commercial-size Power-to-X solutions, and we do it with our highly innovative technology that outmatches technologies currently in the market.”

Topsoe is already seeing considerable interest in our Power-to-X solutions and is in advanced discussion with a number of potential partners over future offtake agreements and commitments to reserve capacity from the electrolyzer plant.

Developing a strong Power-to-X industry in Europe will also enforce E.U.’s ambitions of being independent of energy imports from other regions. The milestone in ensuring large-scale availability of electrolyzers for Power-to-X solutions takes place at the same time as Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, and state leaders from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium signed an agreement, in which the parties agree to invest in a ten-fold capacity increase of offshore wind by 2050. The political agreement ensures significant availability of the renewable power needed to supply future Power-to-X facilities in the E.U.

“The agreement between the E.U. Commission and the four North Sea countries is an important step in the transition to renewable energy,” says Roeland Baan. “At Topsoe, we are also ready to invest. Our mission as a company is to reduce society’s emissions in 2022 by 12 million metric tons of CO2. By introducing solutions to decarbonize transportation and other hard to abate-sectors, we secure significant CO2 emissions not only in 2022 but for years to come, while also moving closer to energy independence.”

 

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