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Work on large electrolysers planned for Groningen

A test centre for electrolysers is to open at the Zernike campus in Groningen by 2020, according to plans revealed by a public-private consortium.

The Hydrogen Consortium, led by the Institute for Sustainable Process Technology, aims to use the centre, which will be called the Hydrohub, to develop affordable and emission-free production of hydrogen on an industrial scale by 2030. In order for this to happen, the Dutch industry needs large-scale electrolysers, which split water into hydrogen and oxygen using green power, the consortium said in an announcement on 16 December.

Three projects will be carried out at the Hydrohub, according to Andreas ten Cate, the programme’s director. The first involves the testing of components and materials as well as alkaline and PEM electrolysers, he says. These electrolysers, of about 0.5 megawatts, will be tested at extreme conditions to find out how far operating limits can be pushed. The test results will subsequently be used for the design of hydrogen gigawatt factories.

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