MOSCOW (MRC) -- Evonik Industries AG (Essen, Germany) is investing in a pilot electrolyzer at its site in Herne (Germany) to produce green hydrogen as a starting product for isophorone diamine (IPDA), a key raw material for rotor blades for wind turbines, said Chemengonline.
In an accompanying project, Siemens Energy is researching how this new electrolysis technology stands up in industrial use. The project consortium started at the end of 2022 and runs until mid-2025. Both the investment and the research project receive funding from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Judith Pirscher, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): “Green hydrogen is the missing piece in the energy transition puzzle. By funding the H2annibal project, we are supporting research into innovative hydrogen technologies in real conditions in a chemical plant. In this way, we are speeding up the transfer from science to industry and supporting the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy in Germany. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing total funding of around EUR9.3 million for these two projects."
Maike Schuh, CFO of Evonik: “We are investing massively in green growth to position ourselves more sustainably. To reduce our carbon footprint, we intend to invest a total of EUR700 million in production processes and infrastructure group-wide by 2030. Hydrogen electrolysis in Herne is a key element in that.”
Evonik and Siemens Energy are therefore driving forward the industrial transformation in the area of climate protection precisely where the Hannibal mine extracted hard coal until about 50 years ago. Rainer Stahl, manager of the Herne site: “In the H2annibal project, we are testing a new type of electrolysis technology and therefore making a contribution to reducing CO2 emissions and, at the same time, safeguarding the sustainable supply of hydrogen and oxygen to our production facilities in the mid-term.”
We remind, Evonik is doubling its global capacity for VESTAMID E, polyether block amide (PEBA), with a twofold approach including a major expansion of its production plant at the Multi-User-Site (MUSC) in Shanghai and an optimization project at its production facility in Marl, Germany, said the company. Construction at the Shanghai site starts in Fall 2023 and will increase the company’s ability for the polymerization of PEBA, a key step in producing the raw material, which is highly demanded by the global, athletic footwear market.