Verbund AG (VIE:VER) and Burgenland Energie AG are aiming to construct Austria’s biggest electrolysis facility in Burgenland, which would generate 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen annually by 2030.

The project will be carried out in stages. The facility will begin generating 9,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year in 2026, with a capacity of 40,000 tonnes per year by the end of the decade. Burgenland Energie said on Wednesday that the electrolyzer would be fueled by 300 MW of locally generated wind and solar energy.

When the facility is fully operational, it will avoid 400,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

The project’s announcement comes only a few weeks after Austria unveiled its national hydrogen plan, which calls for the development of a 1 GW electrolysis capacity by the end of this decade, with the clean fuel largely used for industrial decarbosation.

Austria’s environment minister Leonore Gewessler commented on the Burgenland initiative, saying that the nation would increasingly rely on home production for green hydrogen to minimize its reliance on energy imports. This initiative is a major and significant milestone, as well as an essential component of the national hydrogen strategy, according to Gewessler.

The Alpine country’s need for green hydrogen is predicted to be four or five times higher by 2040, and it will be addressed by boosting domestic production in tandem with hydrogen imports.

The projected green hydrogen plant will assist Burgenland in meeting its objective of being climate neutral and energy self-sufficient by 2030, which means that the state will be able to fulfill all of its energy demands using local resources.

Source: Renewables Now


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