Germany has pledged to be greenhouse
gas-neutral by 2050. To this end, all sectors that use energy, such as
transportation and industry, must press ahead with decarbonization. The plant
in Wunsiedel will serve as a model for all of Germany. It will convert the
renewable energy available in this region, e.g., from photovoltaics and wind power,
into storable hydrogen (H2), making it available for applications in
mobility and industry. This is especially useful when, on sunny and windy days,
more energy from renewable sources is produced than needed.
The electrolysis plant will be built in the
Wunsiedel Energy Park next to the Siemens manufactured battery storage facility
already in operation, complementing the forward-looking energy concept. “This
project is another element of a practised, successful technology partnership
between Siemens and SWW Wunsiedel GmbH.
We want to achieve locally already today
what Germany is targeting for 2050, namely a complete energy transition across
all sectors,” stated Uwe Bartmann, CEO of Siemens Germany and CEO of Smart
Infrastructure Regional Solutions & Services Germany.
The project will give the northern Bavaria
region its very own hydrogen source. Until now, gas for end customers had to
travel a relatively long way. The hydrogen will be filled into gas cylinders
for local distribution and shipped by truck to local and regional end
customers, mostly in Upper Franconia, the Upper Palatinate, southern Thuringia
and Saxony, as well as Western Bohemia (Czech Republic). The plant will also
help ease grid bottlenecks and provide flexibility for the grid. A public
hydrogen filling station for trucks and buses may be added later at the same
location to aid the conversion of heavy-duty traffic and public transportation
to CO2-free drive technology.
Reinwald Kleblein (SAG), Roland Schmidt (SAG), Nicolas Lahovnik (Mayor WUN), Marco Krasser (Managing Director SWW Wunsiedel GmbH), Dr. Thilo Rießner (Managing Director WUN H2), Andreas Schmuderer (SAG), Dr. Rainer Saliger (SAG), Dr. Philipp Matthes (Managing Director WUN H2), Dr. Koch (SAG)(from left to right)