Siemens is developing the Brande Hydrogen project, the first in the world to be capable of producing green hydrogen directly from wind in ‘island mode’ independent of the grid, that is, driving an electrolysis rig with no link to an electricity grid; it will also be able to operate connected to the grid. The pilot project in Denmark will be up and running by January 2021 with the aim of field-testing the technology.?The project is intended to serve as a test bed for making large-scale, cost-efficient hydrogen production a reality.?
The pilot is now under development close to Siemens Gamesa’s Danish headquarters in Brande, western Denmark. It includes a 3 MW Siemens wind turbine owned by local partner Uhre Windpower, that will produce the power to run the 400 kW electrolyser. The project is close to obtaining final permits; the first test runs have been planned for December 2020 and hydrogen production should start by January 2021.
Siemens Gamesa recently signed an agreement with Danish company Everfuel, which will distribute the 100% green hydrogen produced by the facility to refueling stations across Denmark, where it will be used to fuel taxi cabs. When fully operational, the project’s single turbine will produce enough hydrogen to fuel around 50-70 taxis each day. This facility should provide insights that will be crucial to scaling up the technology to much larger turbines and wind farms both on land and at sea.