FCH JU funds pioneering green hydrogen project

The Djewels project will develop and demonstrate a novel, high pressure, high performance alkaline electrolyser that will help green the production of methanol in Delfzijl, the Netherlands. The 20-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer, to be owned and operated by Nouryon and Gasunie, will be the first of its kind to be implemented in Europe on this scale.

The €11-million EU grant awarded by the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH 2 JU) will help boost the growth of a clean, secure and cost-competitive hydrogen ecosystem, turning Europe into a global leader in the field of renewable energy technologies.

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director FCH-JU, commented: “The FCH JU supports the development of high-performance electrolyzers by European industry that can operate dynamically on renewable energy, helping to balance the electricity grid. Scaling up in this field is key for sustainable industry, transport and buildings and this project is a firm step in moving towards electrolysis of hundreds of megawatts or even gigawatts.”

The partners involved are: McPhy, which will provide its innovative alkaline electrolysis technology to convert renewable electricity into 3,000 tons of green hydrogen per year; BioMCN, which will combine the hydrogen with CO2 from other processes to produce renewable methanol, reducing CO2 emissions by up to 27,000 tons per year; DeNora, a producer of electrodes, a key component of the electrolysis technology; and sustainable energy consultant Hinicio.

Electrolyser technologies are key to the production of green hydrogen, paving the way for the greening of industry, transport and heating sectors through the increased penetration of renewable energy.

Download the project Press Release here