Siemens Gamesa, Siemens Energy Join Forces to Offer Offshore Wind-to-Hydrogen Solution

Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy have joined forces by combining their ongoing wind to hydrogen developments to address the challenges of decarbonizing economy to solve the climate crisis.

January 14, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Siemens Gamesa and Siemens Energy have joined forces by combining their ongoing wind to hydrogen developments to address the challenges of decarbonizing economy to solve the climate crisis.

The companies are contributing with their developments to an innovative solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine as a single synchronized system to directly produce green hydrogen.

Both the companies intend to provide a full-scale offshore demonstration of the solution by 2025/2026. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research announced that the developments can be implemented as part of the ideas competition ‘Hydrogen Republic of Germany’.

Commenting on the development, Andreas Nauen, CEO of Siemens Gamesa said that, “our more than 30 years of experience and leadership in the offshore wind industry, coupled with Siemens Energy’s expertise in electrolyzers, brings together brilliant minds and cutting-edge technologies to address the climate crisis. Our wind turbines play a huge role in the decarbonization of the global energy system, and the potential of wind to hydrogen means that we can do this for hard-to-abate industries too. It makes me very proud that our people are a part of shaping a greener future.”

“Together with Siemens Gamesa, we are in a unique position to develop this game changing solution. We are the company that can leverage its highly flexible electrolyzer technology and create and redefine the future of sustainable offshore energy production. With these developments, the potential of regions with abundant offshore wind will become accessible for the hydrogen economy. It is a prime example of enabling us to store and transport wind energy, thus reducing the carbon footprint of economy,” commented Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy.

Over a timeframe of 5 years Siemens Gamesa plans to invest EUR 80 million and Siemens Energy is targeting to invest EUR 40 million in the developments.

Siemens Gamesa said that it will adapt its development of the world’s most powerful turbine, the SG14-222 DD offshore wind turbine to integrate an electrolysis system seamlessly into the turbine’s operations.

The ultimate fully integrated offshore wind-to-hydrogen solution will produce green hydrogen using an electrolyzer array located at the base of the offshore wind turbine tower, blazing a trail towards offshore hydrogen production, it added.

Moreover, the solution will lower the cost of hydrogen by being able to run off grid, opening up more and better wind sites. The companies developments will serve as a test bed for making large-scale, cost-efficient hydrogen production a reality and will prove the feasibility of reliable, effective implementation of wind turbines in systems for producing hydrogen from renewable energy.

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