The world’s first large-scale Battolyser factory will be constructed in the Port of Rotterdam to meet soaring demand for green hydrogen and electricity storage. The 1 GW per annum Battolyser factory will be located in the M4H area, an industrial site in the heart of Rotterdam.
The cost of developing the 14,000-m2 production site, complete with new office and laboratory facilities, is estimated to be about EUR 100 million. Once fully operational, it will require some 700 directly employed staff plus create up to four times as many indirect jobs with supply chain partners.
The factory will also act as Battolyser Systems’ headquarter and R&D centre, and will open during the second half of 2024. The final investment decision is scheduled for late 2023 and requires private and public investments to compete internationally.
‘This partnership will develop the first industrial green hydrogen equipment manufacturing facility in the Netherlands,’ says Mattijs Slee, CEO, Battolyser Systems. ‘With our offshore wind potential, strong infrastructure and world class heavy industry, the Netherlands can now develop a sustainable and resilient energy system.’
Allard Castelein, CEO Port of Rotterdam, adds: ‘Rotterdam positions itself as Europe’s Hydrogen Hub and new sustainable industries are welcomed to help realise the transition that’s taking place in Rotterdam. We need companies such as Battolyser Systems, and we believe the port is the ideal place for its first large-scale factory.’
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Germany and the Netherlands largest hydrogen consumers in Europe
Germany and the Netherlands are the first and second largest hydrogen consumers in Europe today. Both have giga-scale plans for green hydrogen that will be consumed in or pass through the port of Rotterdam.
‘In this industrial ecosystem, the Battolyser factory is expected to become an anchor for a new platform of companies committed to building a sustainable equipment manufacturing supply chain,’ says Castelein. ‘Companies in the port are already actively working on projects regarding production, imports, shipping, storage and use of green hydrogen. With this factory, we add green hydrogen equipment manufacturing to that portfolio. This is of great value for the port’s ongoing efforts to decarbonise and facilitate sustainable industries for the future.’
Battolyser has developed and manufactures the world’s first integrated battery/electrolyser system. A Battolyser can produce hydrogen from solar and wind when power prices are low and provide electricity to the grid when prices are high. The system is extremely flexible, efficient and robust. It can alleviate grid congestion, enable the build-out of more solar and wind energy developments, and offer the lowest cost green hydrogen.
The Battolyser technology is deployable at scale using abundant and conflict free active materials: nickel and iron. The technology was invented by Prof. Dr. Fokko Mulder and his research team at Delft University of Technology.
Towards 5000-10,000 GW of electrolyser capacity
‘This partnership with port of Rotterdam to develop our first large scale manufacturing facility together is a big step forward in our commercialization. The factory allows us to deliver Battolysers at industrial scale and affordable prices. We are in constructive conversation with the Dutch government and EU institutions, and we are confident that together we can secure the required funding,’ states Slee.
He concludes: ‘A net zero world will require between 5000 and 10,000 GW of installed electrolyser capacity. The electrolyser supply chain is a huge opportunity for the Netherlands to develop new sustainable industries that can support our energy transition needs and offer export products to the world.’
Picture: Concept design of the Battolyser Systems Factory 1 (source Kraaijvanger Architects).