Hydrogen as an energy carrier is predicted to have a great future. It could take the place of fossil fuels – for example in heating, car propulsion or machine operation. However, hydrogen production itself is still mainly based on fossil fuels. Hydrogen will only become truly “green” when it is produced from renewable energies. This is the direction in which the oil company BP wants to develop at its refinery site in Lingen in the Emsland region. This article is based on the unique List of the 600 largest chemical companies in Germany.
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From 2024 at least 20 percent green hydrogen
Hydrogen is already being produced in Lingen. Natural gas is used as the energy source. In the course of the planned conversion to green hydrogen, an initial 20 percent of the “output” is to be produced using electricity from offshore wind farms in the North Sea. In the medium to long term, this proportion is to rise to 100 percent. To produce green hydrogen, a 50-megawatt electrolyser with the associated infrastructure will initially be required. The plant is to be commissioned by 2024 at the latest and will then be able to produce up to one tonne of green hydrogen per hour. In a second step, a 150 MW plant is conceivable as an expansion stage. And should synthetic fuels also become widely used in aviation at some point, it could even be increased to 500 MW.
The British oil company BP – formerly British Petroleum – is a global energy giant. In Germany, BP has its headquarters in Bochum and is one of the biggest companies in Germany. For the Lingen project, BP is cooperating with the Danish energy company Oersted. The company, founded in 1972, is regarded as the world market leader in offshore wind energy. Among other things, Oersted operates several wind farms north of Borkum and Norderney under the names “Borkum Riffgrund” and “Gode Wind”. An integral part of the European hydrogen economy is also a €2.5BN pipeline project.
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