Offshore hydrogen from shoreside wind turbine integrated electrolyser

OYSTER
Framework Programme: 
H2020
Call for proposals: 
2020
Project Pillar: 
Energy

The OYSTER project will lead to the development and demonstration of a marinized electrolyser designed for integration with offshore wind turbines. One of the world’s leading PEM electrolyser manufacturers, ITM Power, will work with the world’s largest offshore wind developer (Ørsted) and a leading wind turbine manufacturer (Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy) to develop and test in a shoreside pilot trial a MW-scale fully marinized electrolyser. The findings will inform studies and design exercises for full-scale systems that will include innovations to reduce costs while improving efficiency. To realise the potential of offshore hydrogen production there is a need for compact electrolysis systems that can withstand harsh offshore environments and have minimal maintenance requirements while still meeting cost and performance targets that will allow production of low-cost hydrogen. The project will provide a major advance towards this aim.

Preparation for further offshore testing of wind-hydrogen systems will be undertaken, and results from the studies will be disseminated in a targeted way to help advance the sector and prepare the market for deployment at scale. The OYSTER project partners share a vision of hydrogen being produced from offshore wind at a cost that is competitive with natural gas (with a realistic carbon tax), thus unlocking bulk markets for green hydrogen (heat, industry, and transport), making a meaningful impact on CO2 emissions, and facilitating the transition to a fully renewable energy system in Europe. This project is a key first step on the path to developing a commercial offshore hydrogen production industry and will lead to innovations with significant exploitation potential within Europe and beyond.

Project reference: 
101007168
Topic: 
FCH-02-6-2020: Electrolyser module for offshore production of renewable hydrogen
Project type: 
Contract type: 
Research & Innovation Action
Start date: 
Friday, January 1, 2021
End date: 
Tuesday, December 31, 2024
Duration: 
48
Project cost: 
4,999,843.00
Project funding: 
4,999,843.00
Coordinator: 

ELEMENT ENERGY FR

Contact: 
Contact email: 
Other participating organisations: 


ORSTED WIND POWER A/S DK
ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED UK
SIEMENS GAMESA RENEWABLE ENERGY AS DK
ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED UK
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