Hydrogen is absolutely key to getting to net zero. You cannot decarbonise heavy industry or aviation without it. Across all RWE companies, we have 250 employees working on 30 hydrogen projects in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK. RWE is one of the few companies involved in all stages of the H2 value chain, ranging from electricity generation from renewables to hydrogen generation and storage, through to distribution to industrial customers. And through our gas-fired power stations, in the long-term we’re well positioned to be an off-taker of clean hydrogen for reliable, flexible power.
Hydrogen activities in the UK
In the UK, RWE is participating in the South Wales Industrial Cluster via our Pembroke Power Station. Located on the Milford Haven Waterway, the station is close to existing major energy infrastructure, including a deep water port with liquified natural gas import terminals and the high pressure gas transmission network. Future growth from offshore wind, off the Pembrokeshire coast is also likely. These factors, plus proximity to major steel, chemical, oil and cement industries means that Milford Haven is suitable as a centre for future hydrogen production. Amongst other things, the Cluster will investigate the extent to which hydrogen can be produced and used in South Wales, and what infrastructure would be required for this.
RWE has joined Hydrogen UK (HUK), the UK’s leading trade association supporting all organisations that are operating across this sector to scale up hydrogen solutions. Born from the Hydrogen Taskforce, HUK’s mission is to ensure that Government and industry work together to deliver a hydrogen economy and achieve net zero. RWE are part of the trade body who represent a number of businesses with a wide range of hydrogen expertise.