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Cepsa selects thyssenkrupp nucera as preferred supplier of a 300-MW electrolyzer

thyssenkrupp nucera is the preferred supplier of a 300-megawatt (MW) electrolyzer for Cepsa’s green H2 plant in Spain. Under an agreement announced at the World Hydrogen Summit in Rotterdam, the Spanish energy company Cepsa has awarded the electrolyzer specialist a contract to provide a basic engineering design package. thyssenkrupp nucera, one of the world’s leading suppliers of high-efficiency alkaline water electrolysis technology, will assist in the design and engineer of the facility through to the Final Investment Decision (FID). The project will use 15 of thyssenkrupp nucera’s standardized scalum® electrolyzer units with a capacity of 20 MW each.

The first phase of the Andalusian Green H2 Valley entails a green H2 production plant at Cepsa’s La Rábida Energy Park in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) as part of their partnership with Fertiberia. With a production up to 47,000 tpy green H2, it will form part of Cepsa’s wider plans to develop 2 gigawatts of green H2 capacity in southern Spain by 2030.

“We are very pleased to be working with an innovative partner to create one of the largest H2 valleys in Europe and to contribute to Cepsa’s path to a gigawatt capacity,” said Dr. Werner Ponikwar, CEO of thyssenkrupp nucera.

Cepsa is developing the Andalusian Green H2 Valley as part of an ecosystem of European alliances, Europe’s largest green H2 hub to be developed. The company is one of the first movers in the creation of a green H2 economy in Spain, forging partnerships for a value chain that can scale up as demand grows. As part of this new market, there will be opportunities to develop assembly capability for electrolysis equipment in Spain, generating employment and protecting Europe from exposure to shortages of key equipment and long lead times from competitive markets.

“This is a decisive step in our Positive Motion strategy as we move to become a leading producer of green H2 developing vitally needed clean energy solutions for industry and heavy transport in Spain and across Europe. Our agreement with thyssenkrupp nucera brings together leading European businesses to create a European green H2 supply chain and accelerate decarbonization across the continent,” said Carlos Barrasa, Cepsa’s Executive Vice President of Commercial and Clean Energies.

The green electricity required for the production process is to come from solar and wind energy, which is plentiful in southern Spain, making it one of the most competitive places in Europe for green H2 production. The region also has access to strategic ports, forming the basis for the maritime corridor that Cepsa has set up with partners to transport H2 between southern and northern Europe, ensuring decarbonization solutions across the continent.

“thyssenkrupp nucera’s alkaline water electrolysis developed with our engineer’s industrial DNA is again the key to transform renewable energy into green H2 to decarbonize hard to abate industries. This project with Cepsa once again demonstrates the strong confidence of leading industrial players in our technology,” said Dr. Christoph Noeres, Head of Green H2 of thyssenkrupp nucera.