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E-Steiermark to launch Austria's first "green" hydrogen production facility to supply the industrial sector in 2022

Press Release - Energie Steiermark AG

Energie Steiermark is constructing Austria's first off-site "green" hydrogen production facility in Gabersdorf, southern Styria. The company is investing around 10 million euros in the construction of an innovative generation plant covering an area of 10,000 square metres. The plant will combine a large-scale photovoltaic system comprising 6,000 square metres of solar collectors with resources from an existing biogas plant.

"This is an additional step in our comprehensive sustainability strategy. Construction will start in spring 2022, and completion is planned for the end of the year," according to Chief Executives Christian Purrer and Martin Graf. The aim is to produce up to 300 tons of green hydrogen per year, which would enable a hydrogen-powered car to cover over 40 million kilometres. The project will save up to 5,200 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

There is great interest in green hydrogen. A first supply contract has now been signed with Wolfram Bergbau & Hütten AG (Sandvik Group). The industrial company based in St. Martin has secured 840,000 cubic metres of hydrogen (around 70 tons) annually in order to make its production even more sustainable from October 2022.

"The contract with Energie Steiermark enables us to get started with "green hydrogen" and to strengthen our sustainability strategy. The proximity of our own facility in St. Martin im Sulmtal to the hydrogen production plant represents an additional contribution to supplying our state-of-the-art metallurgy plants from within the region," say Andreas Bock and Alex Nieuwpoort.

"This new production facility and the accompanying research project send a clear signal across Europe in terms of the energy transition. At the same time, the cooperation with the Climate and Energy Fund will enable us to further expand our green partnership with industry," Purrer and Graf continue.

 

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