Schaeffler Extends Expertise, Technologies, And Products In Green Hydrogen Production Sector

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Schaeffler pilots project with Hydron Energy to generate green hydrogen from seawater on the Dutch island of Texel. A similar design could be used in offshore wind farms in a few years’ time.

Schaeffler, one of the world’s leading automotive and industrial suppliers, announced on Monday, 20 December 2021, it is working specifically on solutions that enable scaling the production of green hydrogen required for the energy transition.

A Dutch start-up Hydron Energy B.V., which has been part of Schaeffler since the summer of 2021, is working to scale the hybrid system of desalination and membrane electrolysis components for industrial-scale deployments while reducing costs and increasing operational efficiency and longevity.

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“We are very proud that we are able to contribute to the further expansion of Schaeffler’s value chain and the competitive production of green hydrogen with our development and the experience we have already gained,” says Sander ten Hoopen, one of the founders of Hydron Energy B.V. and current head of Schaeffler Systems Engineering.

“Wind2Hydrogen, i.e., the generation of green hydrogen from wind energy, is an important growth sector for Schaeffler. In cooperation with our partners in the wind power industry, we want to become one of the leading suppliers of system components in this sector,” adds Bernd Hetterscheidt, head of strategic business unit hydrogen at Schaeffler. “To this end, we are combining Hydron’s innovative development with Schaeffler’s strengths, such as our understanding of systems and our expertise in the rapid scaling of products and projects, in order to bring them to market as quickly as possible and at the same time in conformance with the highest quality standards.

According to the report titled, “Advances in Green Hydrogen Create Opportunity across the Global Power Sector” by ResearchAndMarkets.com:

  • Increasing concerns about carbon emissions and the need to decarbonise the industrial, commercial, transport, and power sectors have forced countries to reduce their dependency on fossil fuel-based systems and increase the deployment of renewable energy sources (RES).
  • Currently, green hydrogen accounts for less than 1 percent of the total hydrogen produced.
  • The global demand for green hydrogen and its emerging applications is expected to increase exponentially in the next 20 years, creating the need for considerable infrastructure to handle production and delivery.

Schaeffler is working with nine industry and research partners to realise the series production of the latest electrolysis stacks as quickly as possible.

Hydrogen marks an important strategic business sector for Schaeffler and part of the Roadmap 2025.

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Photo credit: Schaeffler.

 

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