Shell and Uniper have Teamed up to Help Europe’s Hydrogen Economy Grow

Uniper Hydrogen GmbH and Shell Gas & Power Developments B.V. have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to look at speeding the development of a hydrogen economy in Europe. They plan to develop cooperative opportunities to link industrial and mobility demand with hydrogen supply, production, and storage under the terms of the MoU. 

The corporations will start by evaluating the possibility of developing synergies to speed up existing projects in Germany, the Netherlands, and possibly other European nations. Shell and Uniper will use a whole value chain strategy to identify major opportunities to build the foundation of a new hydrogen economy in Europe by working backward from consumer demand. 

The planned collaboration will focus on future solutions, including the necessary infrastructure for large-scale transport of hydrogen and CO2 from the ports of Rotterdam and Wilhelmshaven to North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany’s industrial heartland. 

Shell’s Rheinland transformation, where work is underway to convert an existing refining asset into a state-of-the-art energy and chemicals park; Shell officially opened a 10MW PEM electrolyzer on 2 July, the largest of its kind in Europe, and is working with partners to expand the capacity to 100MW. 

Uniper will look into supplying hydrogen to Shell Energy and Chemicals Park Rheinland areas in Wesseling and Godorf from existing Uniper production sites in Rotterdam and Wilhelmshaven. Uniper also plans to connect its coastal hydrogen production plants to its power plant in Gelsenkirchen Scholven, as well as some large-scale clients. 

The MoU is in line with Shell’s Powering Progress plan, which aims to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 while also supporting Uniper’s goal of becoming carbon-neutral in Europe by 2035. 

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