Plug Power Inc. is providing turnkey hydrogen solutions for the global green hydrogen economy. The company has recently secured three five-megawatt (MW) electrolyser projects with Ardagh Glass Limmared AB, Hydro Havrand, and the APEX Group. This marks the first-ever use of industrial-scale green hydrogen in glass manufacturing, aluminium recycling, and steel manufacturing processes.
Plug offers 5 MW containerised PEM electrolysers that have a production capacity of more than two tons per day. This reduces site construction costs and implementation complexity.
Hydro Havrand, a new unit of aluminium giant Norsk Hydro ASA, is on a mission to decarbonise heavy industry with green hydrogen. To build a closed-loop circular economy for its aluminium recycling plant in Hoyanger, Norway, Hydro will employ a 5 MW Plug electrolyser module by June 2024. The electrolyser will displace natural gas used in the plant's burner with 2.1 metric TPD of green hydrogen. Norsk Hydro, the mother company, has deep expertise in electrolysis dating back to the 1950s.
The European Union aims to produce 10 million metric tons of green hydrogen annually to decarbonise European industries and the mobility sector by 2030. The deployment of Plug's electrolysers will contribute to this decarbonisation roadmap.
Plug Power CEO Andy Marsh, commented: “Plug is breaking new ground with this series of industry firsts that validate our vision to scale the green hydrogen economy. We were bold enough to design and build the industry’s first 5 MW electrolyser module, and customers are now clambering for its holistic, compact, easy-to-install features.”
Ardagh Glass Limmared AB in Sweden will produce 2.1 metric tons per day of green hydrogen using hydroelectric power to replace natural gas and reduce carbon emissions.
In Bremen, Germany, Plug and its trusted partner APEX Group, an integrator with strong project execution expertise, will demonstrate for the first time the feasibility of producing green steel through the decarbonisation of ArcelorMittal's local blast furnaces. Plug will deliver two 5 MW electrolyser modules with a capacity to produce 4.2 metric TPD of green hydrogen to SWB, the city's public utility company, by the end of this year. The long-term goal is the full decarbonisation of the steel industry in northern Germany and the rest of Europe.
In April of 2023, Plug announced the record production of its PEM electrolyser stacks, manufacturing 122 MW stacks and shipping nearly 1,000 stacks totalling 5.7 MW for speciality usages.