Asahi Kasei Europe starts hydrogen demonstration project in Herten

Last week, ALIGN-CCUS project partner Asahi Kasei Europe began its green hydrogen demonstration project in Herten, Germany.

The joint project with the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten aims to transform simulated electric power from wind energy into hydrogen and contribute to developing a large-scale, green hydrogen production system in Europe.

It will also form one of the cornerstones of CO2 re-use in the ALIGN-CCUS project, where research will focus on the design, construction and operation of a first-of-a-kind, full-chain CO2 capture and conversion project in an industrial environment.

The hydrogen demonstration project, which began operating on 27 April, is located in Herten in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It has been supported by NRW.INVEST, the Economic Development Agency of the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia, its Japanese subsidiary, the NRW Japan K K, and the Energy Agency.

Asahi Kasei Europe is one of 31 partners in the three-year ALIGN-CCUS project being supported by the European Commission to help transform six European industrial regions into economically robust, low-carbon centres by 2025.

Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director of Asahi Kasei Europe, said: “The energy industry in Europe is changing dramatically, with rising demand for new storage technologies and production systems for clean energy. Asahi Kasei’s alkaline-water electrolysis system is a fitting solution for these challenges.”

Hydrogen is a focus of increasing interest across Europe in the field of energy storage and also as an important component of alternative fuels for automobiles. Germany, with its ambitious goals for CO2 reduction and a high share of electricity supply from fluctuating renewable energy sources will benefit from reliable power storage technologies, such as green hydrogen.

The demonstration project in Herten is Asahi Kasei’s second project in Europe aimed at developing an electrolysis system for the production of green hydrogen using electric power from renewable energy sources.

For more details contact Sebastian Schmidt.

(News story based on Asahi Kasei Europe press release)

Photo: Asahi Kasei Europe's push-the-button ceremony at the Hydrogen Competence Center h2herten (left-to-right): Dr Hideyuki Yamagishi Lead Executive Officer and Head of the R&D Division, Asahi Kasei; Fred Toplak, Mayor of the City of Herten; Astrid Becker, General Manager, NRW Invest; Dr Tobias Traupel, Director General Location Marketing and Development Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia; Ryuuta Mizuuchi, Japanese Consule General in Düsseldorf; Hideki Tsutsumi, Managing Director, Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH