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Plug lands three electrolyser deals for European green hydrogen projects

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Global Hydrogen Review,

Plug Power Inc., a leading provider of turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy, has landed three 5 MW electrolyser projects with Ardagh Glass Limmared AB, Hydro Havrand, and the APEX Group for the first-ever use of industrial-scale green hydrogen in glass manufacturing, aluminum recycling, and steel manufacturing processes. Plug is the only company offering 5 MW containerised PEM electrolysers at present. The standardised turnkey system, with a production capacity of more than 2 tpd, reduces site construction costs and implementation complexity.

Green glass manufacturing

Located east of Gothenburg, Sweden, Ardagh Glass Limmared AB is the only glass packaging producer in the Nordics and a supplier to Sweden’s most popular spirits company. Dedicated to sustainable packaging solutions, Ardagh will produce 2.1 tpd of green hydrogen by the end of the year, replacing a portion of the natural gas used today while reducing overall carbon emissions at the plant. Ardagh will use hydroelectric power to generate hydrogen from Plug’s electrolyser.

Aluminum recycling

Hydro Havrand, a new unit of aluminum giant Norsk Hydro ASA, is on a mission to decarbonise heavy industry with green hydrogen. To build a closed-loop circular economy for its aluminum recycling plant in Hoyanger, Norway, Hydro will employ a 5 MW Plug electrolyser module by June 2024. The electrolyser will displace natural gas used in the plant’s burner with 2.1 tpd of green hydrogen. Norsk Hydro, the mother company, has deep expertise in electrolysis dating back to the 1950s.

Green steel manufacturing

In Bremen, Germany, Plug and its trusted partner APEX Group, an integrator with strong project execution expertise, will demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of producing green steel through the decarbonisation of ArcelorMittal’s local blast furnaces. Plug will deliver two 5 MW electrolyser modules with a capacity to produce 4.2 tpd of green hydrogen to SWB, the city’s public utility company, by the end of this year. The long-term goal is full decarbonisation of the steel industry in northern Germany and the rest of Europe.

By 2030, the EU plans to produce 10 million tpy of green hydrogen to decarbonise European industries and the mobility sector. The deployment of Plug’s electrolysers will contribute to this decarbonisation roadmap.

“Plug is breaking new ground with this series of industry firsts that validate our vision to scale the green hydrogen economy,” said Plug CEO Andy Marsh. “We were bold enough to design and build the industry’s first 5 MW electrolyser module, and customers are now clambering for its holistic, compact, easy-to-install features.”

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