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Uniper coal power plant to convert to hydrogen centre

  • 4 months ago (2022-02-24)
  • David Flin
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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.

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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.”