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REFHYNE - Clean Refinery Hydrogen for Europe

REFHYNE - Clean Refinery Hydrogen for Europe

The REFHYNE project will install and operate the world’s largest hydrogen electrolyser at the Shell Rhineland Refinery in Wesseling, Germany. The REFHYNE project will investigate feasibility for introduction in other industry plants, as well as potentially being a step towards the future of refining and determine the possible technical, economic & environmental benefits of the technology. The aim is to supply Clean Refinery Hydrogen for Europe.

The plant will be operated by Shell and manufactured by ITM Power. The electrolyser has a peak capacity of 10 MW (megawatts) and will be able to produce approximately 1,300 tonnes of hydrogen per year, replacing a quantity of hydrogen produced by SMR (steam methane reforming), contributing the Europe's industrial decarbonisation efforts.

The clean hydrogen produced can be fully integrated into refinery processes including the desulphurisation of conventional fuels. The project will use the hydrogen produced for:

  • Processing and upgrading products at the Wesseling refinery site
  • Testing the PEM technology at the largest scale achieved to date
  • Exploring applications in other sectors including: industry, power generation, heating for buildings, and transport

SINTEF is the coordinator in the project.

Partners:

  • SHELL ENERGY EUROPE LIMITED, UK
  • SHELL DEUTSCHLAND OIL GMBH, Germany
  • ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED, UK
  • THINKSTEP AG, Germany
  • ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED, UK

 
This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 779579

For more information about the project, see http://www.refhyne.eu

Published 06 February 2019
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Project duration

01/01/2018 - 31/12/2022