Green Energy Topsoe to Build World’s Largest SOEC Electrolyzer Plant in Denmark
Topsoe has recently announced its final investment decision to construct the world’s largest SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing plant in Herning, Denmark. Construction work is set to begin in the second half of 2022 and is expected to have a capacity of 500 megawatt electrolyzers annually.
Lyngby/Denmark – Topsoe has undertaken a final investment decision to begin construction of the world’s largest SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing plant in Herning, Denmark. The manufacturing capacity of the plant is 500 MW per year with an option to expand to 5 GW.
Topsoe CEO, Roeland Baan, said: “The case for using electrolysis to produce green fuels is now well established, but manufacturing capacity has always been the challenge. We are facing this challenge head on. We are dedicated to taking the lead on scaling power-to-x technology to help drive the energy transition, and we are investing to meet this demand and address this fundamental supply weakness. This is the single biggest investment in the company’s history, clearly highlighting our commitment to driving the energy transition, and we hope this huge facility will act as a catalyst for new investment in the future.”
Sundus Cordelia Ramli, CCO of Topsoe’s Power-to-X division, said: “There is a genuine trust in our SOEC electrolyzer technology. With this new state of the art manufacturing facility, we are taking power-to-x technology into a commercially competitive position, ultimately making the case for decarbonization unarguable. We already have 500 MW of pre-sold capacity and are in discussions with other potential offtake partners as well, who find our electrolyzer technology attractive, and look forward to being able to make more announcements in due course.”
At 500 MW capacity per year, the new facility will be the world’s largest SOEC manufacturing plant. This is a rapid acceleration not just for Topsoe, but also Denmark, and the EU towards a green energy transition while reducing dependence on fossil fuels.
SOEC consumes less electricity than alkaline and PEM technologies, since the process requires less power overall; with the integration of a steam feed, the SOEC process becomes even more efficient.