German energy group Uniper has announced it is working on a project to establish a hydrogen technology hub at the site of the 762 MW Gelsenkirchen-Scholven coal-fired power plant in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The plant is to be transformed into a gas-fired plant that will eventually run on green hydrogen. Uniper said that the transformed plant will benefit from its proximity to two independent hydrogen connections.
As part of the H2iRTC project, Uniper will establish a research centre at the Gelsenkirchen-Scholven site to explore a variety of issues. The infrastructure at the site should enable the testing and certifying of large-scale hydrogen technologies in an industrial environment. The centre will organise training courses to equip workers with the necessary qualifications.
Bernhard Scholtissek, H2iRTC Project Manager, said: “The aim is to demonstrate and further develop these synergies using applications such as pilot projects that drive technological advancement.”