In the German city of Neumünster, a new era in energy and sustainability has begun. There, they unveiled the project for the futuristic-looking INFENER centre. Construction will start later this year and two years later it is set to become a key player in the production of green hydrogen in the region.

The planned centre is expected to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of green hydrogen per year from 2026, far exceeding the current average production of other plants, which is around 1,500 tonnes. With an installed electrolysis capacity of 50 megawatts (MW), the INFENER centre will not only be a symbol of innovation but also an efficient engine for the transformation of the energy sector.

One of the key elements of this project is its holistic approach, which will become a model example of a decentralised hydrogen economy. „Our goal is to create a globally unique sustainable and regional green hydrogen value chain with our hub,“ says INFENER CEO and co-founder Joel Vogl.

Electricity will come from solar and wind farms in the region

The INFENER project is not just about hydrogen production; it is also about creating synergies and maximising the use of resources. Green electricity will be produced in a decentralised way, mainly from solar and wind power plants in the region, and converted into green hydrogen on site in electrolyzers. The waste heat from the electrolysis will benefit future municipal heat supply and industrial production. The high quality oxygen that is also produced during electrolysis will be crucial for various industries, in particular for the combustion of oxygen fuels. Even rainwater will be collected and reused.

The architectural design that INFENER boasts comes from the prestigious Hamburg-based firm Hadi Teherani Architects. „The Hub is meant to be a place of vision, innovation and change,“ said Sebastian Appl, head of Hadi Teherani Architects.

With construction of the 29,000 square metre facility scheduled to begin this year and an estimated cost of €133 million, the INFENER hub is becoming a key element in the path towards a more sustainable future for Neumünster and the entire Schleswig-Holstein region.

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