Bremen, EWE go for more hydrogen cooperation

ArcelorMittal Bremen and northern German energy service provider EWE want to jointly implement further hydrogen projects, they say in a statement sent to Kallanish.

In April 2023, ArcelorMittal Bremen, EWE and its subsidiary utility SWB (Stadtwerke Bremen) laid the foundation stone for the construction of a 10-megawatt hydrogen production plant in Bremen. The electrolysis plant will form the basis for green steel production in northwest Germany. It is due to go into operation this year.

The two companies have now signed a letter of intent to supply green hydrogen in large quantities to significantly reduce CO2 emissions from steel production. Green hydrogen from a 320-megawatt production plant in Emden is expected to be supplied to Bremen from 2028, EWE says.

EWE plans to build up to 400 megawatts of electrolysis capacity at locations near the German North Sea coast. Up to 40,000 tonnes/year of green hydrogen are projected to be produced, depending on the sales market, EWE says. There is also the possibility of expanding production capacity to gigawatt scale in line with demand, it notes.

The hydrogen from the EWE plants is to be transported via hydrogen pipelines, which are being built as part of the large-scale “Clean Hydrogen Coastline” project, as well as the planned “HyPerLink” project.

Christian Koehl Germany