Two innovative projects with RWE involvement have been pre-selected for funding by the EU Innovation Fund – one of the world's largest programmes for demonstrating innovative low-carbon technologies.
These are RWE's FUREC project in the Netherlands and an offshore wind farm off the German coast, in which project company Nordsee Two GmbH RWE holds a 51% stake. The two projects are among a total of 17 projects selected by the EU Innovation Fund for the preparation of grant agreements, which is now underway.
The EU Innovation Fund subsidises breakthrough technologies for renewable energy, energy-intensive industries, energy storage and carbon capture, use and storage.
RWE is developing a wind farm off the German coast, Nordsee Two, with its Canadian partner Northland Power (49%). The wind farm, with a planned grid capacity of 433 MWe, is to be built north of the island of Juist and is scheduled to start commercial operations in 2026. In addition to employing the newest available wind turbines (rated at 15 MW minimum), the partners aim to demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of producing hydrogen at sea. For this purpose, an electrolyser is planned to be integrated into the offshore wind farm. The green hydrogen could then be used for vessel fuelling and to supply emergency power to the offshore substation or wind turbines.
Under the name FUREC (Fuse Reuse Recycle), RWE aims to produce hydrogen for the chemical industry and thus contribute to making production processes more sustainable. Household waste from Limburg in the Netherlands is to replace natural gas. A plant is being built in Limburg to process residual materials into raw material pellets. These will then be converted into hydrogen in another plant in Limburg's Chemelot industrial park, which will be supplied to OCI Nitrogen's fertiliser plants. In this way, the industrial park's natural gas consumption is reduced by more than 280 million cubic metres annually. In this way, the emission of about 500 000 tonnes of CO2 emission can be avoided per year. The CO2 released during hydrogen production can be captured and stored or possibly used as a raw material in the future. The hydrogen can be marketed locally or transported to industrial companies in Rotterdam and the Ruhr area.