Decarbonisation Technology - February 2023

moving to the next scaling stage. This would require an electrolyser with several hundred megawatts, for which the electricity could be supplied via a direct connection to an offshore wind farm. HySCALE100 In 2021, Raffinerie Heide and other industry partners applied for the European IPCEI programme (Important Projects of Common European Interest) with the HySCALE100 project. The European Union (EU) launched the IPCEI programme in 2018 to build European value chains in this key technology, as many European countries recognised the potential for hydrogen and its derivatives. With the adoption of the National Hydrogen Strategy, Germany has taken a significant step towards positioning German industry within this development. The EU aims to network and promote these European hydrogen projects via the IPCEI programme. HySCALE100 has now been proposed for further consideration at the European level by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWK). The aim of the project is to use green hydrogen to decarbonise the two primary industries of cement and petrochemicals for the production of hydrogen and derivatives (methanol and olefins). It is hoped that the electrolysis plants required for this will go online in 2027. A refinery shaping the energy transition in Schleswig-Holstein With these two projects, HySCALE100 and Westküste 100, Raffinerie Heide aims to become a player in the energy transition in Schleswig- Holstein. With these initiatives and partners from industry, energy production, and science, it is driving innovation and pioneering the development of green hydrogen. It is a pacesetter for the energy transition in Northern Germany. Via the extension of traditional production processes to incorporate carbon-neutral energy sources and the production of synthetic chemicals, it is transforming into a utility company involved in achieving climate goals.

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