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Siemens and Uniper join forces for ‘green hydrogen’ project

Siemens has signed an agreement with Uniper for the development of green hydrogen.

  • 14 April 2020
  • Rachel Cooper

Siemens has signed an agreement with Uniper for the development of green hydrogen.

Siemens Gas and Power and Uniper have signed a cooperation agreement, extending the long-standing partnership between the two companies.

A major focus of the planned cooperation is the production and use of “green hydrogen”. The companies intend to implement projects in this field together, addressing the entire value chain. 

The scope of the new cooperation agreement also includes the evaluation of the potential of Uniper’s existing gas turbines and gas storage facilities for the use of hydrogen.

The focus of the work is to define what role hydrogen can play in the future evolution of Uniper’s coal power plants. The company announced it will close or convert its coal-fired power plants in Europe by 2025 at the latest.

Andreas Schierenbeck, Uniper CEO, said: “After the coal phase-out and the switch to a secure gas-based energy supply, the use of climate-friendly gas will be a major step towards successful energy system transformation; therefore, the decarbonization of the gas industry, including gas-fired power generation, is essential if Germany and Europe are to achieve their climate targets.”

“We are ready to invest and have set the strategic course to significantly accelerate the decarbonization of our portfolio. In doing so, it is important to bundle energies, act openly in terms of technology, and work with proven high-technology partners like Siemens.”

Jochen Eickholt, Siemens Energy Executive Board Member, said: “ʻGreen hydrogenʼ can contribute to achieving climate targets and is thus a key to a successful energy turnaround. And it can do so across sectors in industry, mobility, and heat and power generation. But we’re only at the beginning. Joint projects with our customers, such as the partnership with Uniper focusing on ʻbrownfield transformationʼ and the design of the ʻgreen hydrogenʼ value chain, are extremely important here.”