Enapter begins construction of electrolyser production facility in Germany

WCN Editorial Team 15 Sep 2021 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Cleantech company Enapter has broken ground on a new facility for production of green hydrogen-producing electrolysers, in Germany.

The 82,000km2 Enapter Campus is being built in the climate community of Saerbeck in North Rhine-Westphalia with an estimated investment of around $177.2m (€105m).

Powered entirely with renewable energy, the facility would support Enapter’s plan to produce 10,000 electrolysers a month to meet the growing demand for low-cost hydrogen production solutions.

The project, which is expected to create around 300 jobs, will comprise electrolyser production, warehouse storage and offices, as well as research and development laboratories.

Enapter said that an ambitious tempo will be built by construction partner Goldbeck to enable incremental production in the fourth quarter of next year.

The cleantech firm expects the automated mass-production of electrolysers to reduce the devices’ cost while quickly making green hydrogen competitive with fossil fuels.

Enapter CEO Sebastian-Justus Schmidt said: "To massively reduce the costs for green hydrogen production and reach global climate goals, we now need to scale existing technologies at speed.

"Our entire DNA is focused on urgency in research, development and market entry: The Campus is our climate contribution under the motto 'Acting, not talking'.

“Scaled production of modular, compact AEM Electrolysers for projects of any size will make a substantial contribution to tackling the climate crisis."

Enapter plans to start first customer deliveries from mass-production in 2023.

The machinery development required for the mass electrolyser production is backed by around €9.36m financing from the North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitalisation and Energy.

Officials from Enapter during the ground breaking of the Enapter Campus. Credit: Enapter S.r.l.

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