October 17, 2019 – At the Hydrogen for Climate Action conference in Brussels, four European clean technology companies submitted a joint proposal to help supply hard-to-decarbonize industries with green hydrogen. The core of the project, known as Silver Frog, is the construction of a photovoltaic production plant with an annual capacity of two gigawatts.
The concept has been submitted to the EU for designation as an Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI). It involves installing PV modules from the plant to achieve more than ten gigawatts of PV capacity. In combination with wind energy plants, this new capacity will be used to generate 100 percent renewable hydrogen. This green hydrogen will then be delivered to hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as the steel and chemicals industries via existing gas pipelines. The four companies, all members of SolarPower Europe, expect to produce around 800,000 metric tons of green hydrogen within the next eight years. This could reduce CO2 emissions by around eight million tons per year. The project would also create at least 6,000 new jobs. The project partners – mechanical engineering company Meyer Burger, electrolyzer specialist Hydrogenics, module manufacturer EcoSolifer and project developer European Energy – see the development of new European production capacities for solar cells and solar modules as an essential part of the project.
SolarPower Europe is impressed by the proposal. “The Silver Frog project reveals how solar can facilitate the development of renewable hydrogen. Further, this project’s emphasis on the integration of PV manufacturing facilities sends a strong signal to the European Commission that any discussions surrounding renewable hydrogen will require a robust renewable industrial strategy”, said Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe.
If designated as an IPCEI, the project would be eligible for special funding opportunities. The final decision on IPCEIs will be made in 2020.
Source: pv magazine