Project Air in Sweden: Uniper commissions Sunfire to build a 30 MW electrolyser
In one of the energy transition’s flagship projects, the Swedish “Project Air”, implementation is in full swing. Uniper has commissioned Dresden-based company Sunfire to build a 30 MW pressurized alkaline electrolysis plant that will generate green hydrogen using renewable electricity and treated wastewater. The final investment decision is still pending.
Project Air is an industrial initiative to transform the chemical industry towards climate neutrality, with far-reaching effects throughout entire industrial value chains. The project is a collaboration between Perstorp Group and Uniper. An agreement with CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) on 19 January granted the project support from the EU Innovation Fund to facilitate its breakthrough technology which is a crucial opportunity for the European chemical industry to become carbon neutral.
Project Air will produce sustainable methanol for chemical manufacturing using circular production methods. Perstorp will build a Carbon Capture and Utilization (CCU) facility in Stenungsund, Sweden, which will convert carbon dioxide emissions from its operations as well as other residual streams, biogas and renewable hydrogen into methanol. Renewable hydrogen will be supplied by a pressurized alkaline electrolyser developed and manufactured by Sunfire.
Sunfire CEO Nils Aldag said:“We are proud to contribute our proven alkaline technology to Project Air. Through its unique and versatile potential in various sectors, green hydrogen is a main key for climate protection, energy security, creating new jobs and helping our economies to flourish. The project marks a decisive step towards a green industrial transformation for Uniper.”
“Project Air will enable Uniper to take an important step towards breaking the chemical industry’s dependence on fossil fuels. Once developed, it will be of great interest to chemical industries around the world, as it clearly demonstrates the possibility of making the transition from fossil material. raw materials to circular production. With Sunfire, we have found an excellent partner for a central pillar of the project, thus driving the European hydrogen strategy forward.” said Dr. Axel Wietfeld, CEO Hydrogen Uniper.
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Sunfire is a global leader in manufacturing industrial electrolysers based on pressurized alkaline and solid oxide (SOEC) technologies. With its electrolysis solutions, Sunfire tackles an important challenge in today’s energy system: providing renewable hydrogen and Syngas as climate-neutral substitutes for fossil energy. Sunfire’s innovative and proven electrolysis technology enables the transformation of carbon-intensive industries currently dependent on fossil-based oil, gas or coal. The company has more than 500 employees in Germany and Switzerland. For further information visit www.sunfire.de/en