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Kraftanlagen Energies & Services – a subsidiary of Equans – was commissioned as general contractor for the construction and commissioning of the plant

Electrolyzer produces 1,200 kilograms of green hydrogen per day and supplies local public transport in the Munich area

In his speech, Minister of State Dr. Markus Söder acknowledges the central key position of the hydrogen production plant for the HyBayern model region

L ast Friday, in the presence of representatives from politics and the media, the shareholders of Hy2B Wasserstoff GmbH and the project partners, the go-ahead was given for the commissioning of the first grid-connected 5-megawatt hydrogen production plant in Bavaria at the site of the future hydrogen centre in Pfeffenhausen. Kraftanlagen Energies & Services SE has been appointed as general contractor for the construction and commissioning of the plant. Commercial operation of the electrolyser is scheduled to commence in the second half of the year.

After commissioning, the electrolysis plant can produce an average of 1,200 kilograms of green hydrogen per day. This is then compressed to 450 bar and filled into transport trailers at a filling station. The transport trailers then distribute the hydrogen to bus and truck filling stations in the districts of Munich and Ebersberg, thus supplying Munich’s regional bus services with green fuel for a current total of ten hydrogen fuel cell buses. Over the coming years, a growing proportion of the green hydrogen will be produced using solar power from photovoltaic systems in the immediate vicinity of the plant and, in the future, with additional wind power.

With the help of the alkaline electrolyzer from the Norwegian company Nel - the key component of the system - hydrogen and oxygen are produced from electricity, or more precisely from direct current, by electrolysis. This process takes place in a virtually unpressurized system and thus ensures very safe and hazard-free operation of the system.

Alfons WeberCEO des Generalunternehmers Kraftanlagen Energies & Services

A new milestone in the Bavarian hydrogen strategy: the electrolyser in Pfeffenhausen in Lower Bavaria is the third in the whole of Bavaria – and a further step on our way to an energy revolution with the participation of the citizens. Bavaria is a pioneer in Germany in the expansion of renewable energies,” said Bavarian Prime Minister Dr Markus Söder, who attended the event to honour the HyBayern HyPerformer Region project. He was joined by Minister of State Hubert Aiwanger, who had also travelled to Pfeffenhausen for the inauguration. “The commissioning of the 5 megawatt electrolyser is another important milestone in the energy revolution in Bavaria. The combination of hydrogen production, distribution and use at filling stations demonstrates the versatility of hydrogen as an energy source and the possibility of creating regional hydrogen cycles,” said Aiwanger.

One day after the official inauguration of the electrolyzer, the citizens of the surrounding region also had the opportunity to take a closer look at the plant and learn more about the production and use of the green hydrogen produced in Pfeffenhausen.

Gruppenbild der Einweihung des

Im Beisein von Ministerpräsident Dr. Markus Söder, Staatsminister Hubert Aiwanger (Bayerischer Staatsminister für Wirtschaft, Landesentwicklung und Energie, Stmwi), Regierungspräsident Rainer Haselbeck (Regierung von Niederbayern), Landrat Peter Dreier (Landkreis Landshut) wurde am vergangenen Freitag das Startsignal für die Inbetriebsetzung der ersten bayerischen Wasserstoff-Erzeugungsanlage gegeben. (Bild : ©HY2B2024)

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