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Rolls-Royce, SOWITEC cooperate on PtX projects of 500MW electrolysis capacity

MTU Hydrogen Electrolyzer. Image for representation purposes only.

Rolls-Royce's Power Systems business unit and SOWITEC GROUP GmbH, a specialist in renewable energy projects, are cooperating for the production of green hydrogen and e-fuels with a total electrolysis capacity of up to 500 MW by 2028.

German-based renewable energy developer SOWITEC, run by its founder and owner Frank Hummel, develops, constructs and commercializes wind and solar energy projects worldwide. MTU is the core brand of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, which is a world-leading provider of specialized high- and medium-speed diesel and gas engines.

The companies intend to develop plants that will use renewable energy sources to generate electrical power that will be used to produce hydrogen using mtu's electrolyzers. Together, the two companies have a goal of providing Power-to-X projects. 

PtX is a technology used to convert renewable energy into gas or into liquid (power-to-liquid). These carbon-neutral synthetic fuels are used for industrial feedstock, e-fuels for marine or aviation sector, agriculture, mining, data center power, heating and more.

Further, it is claimed as a sustainable solution for carbon-free fuel and long-term energy storage. Frank Hummel, CEO of SOWITEC Group said, "We are pursuing the vision of a global energy supply based on renewable energies and providing access to clean and affordable energy for all people and are developing competitive projects accordingly". 

According to him, SOWITEC has been working on Power-to-X plants since 2017. He believes that in Rolls-Royce Power Systems, with its innovative products and global sales and service network, he sees a competent partner to jointly deliver integrated green hydrogen ecosystems from a single source.

Rolls-Royce revealed in early 2022 its plans to enter the hydrogen production market. Andras Görtz, President of the Sustainable Power Solutions Division at Rolls-Royce Power Systems said, "We are convinced that with our new sustainable mtu technologies and through the cooperation with SOWITEC GROUP, we can successfully drive the expansion of Power-to-X plants."

Both companies are working with a goal to reduce industrial greenhouse gases. 

Author : Kathy Priyo
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