Herten and Pullach, Germany, 8/4/21 – Linde Engineering has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of an integrated hydrogen fuel and electrolysis plant for AGR in Herten, Germany.

The hydrogen refuelling station and production project is funded under the National Innovation Programme for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) with up to 6.2 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI). The funding guideline is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (Projektträger Jülich (PtJ)).

The project includes proton exchange membrane (PEM) electrolysers, compressors, storage tanks and refuelling stations. The contract also includes stipulations for Linde Engineering to provide maintenance and service. The electrolysers will generate around 440,000kg of hydrogen annually. The electricity for the electrolysers will come from the AGR’s waste-to-energy plant, in which residential and commercial waste with an approximately 50% biogenic share serves as the main fuel source.

The electricity required for the production of the green hydrogen will be generated from energy efficiency measures already implemented by AGR, so that the existing capacity of supplies of environmentally-friendly electricity and heat can be retained in the public grids.

The planned refuelling station can refuel vehicles at 350 bar and 700 bar and is therefore suitable for refuelling trucks as well as cars. Produced in Herten, the green hydrogen will be primarily available for refuelling vehicles for private and public transport. The focus here is on waste collection vehicles of the municipalities and their own truck fleet as well as sales and deliveries to trade and industry in the region. Through thermal utilisation of local waste and conversion into hydrogen, the company is a successful example of the circular economy in action. Therefore in the near future, green hydrogen will be produced from the green electricity of the waste-to-energy plant for refuelling waste collection vehicles in Herten. Furthermore, the integrated combination of refuelling station and electrolyser serves as a model for decentralized hydrogen production and distribution.