Topsoe, ABB and Fluor formed an alliance to design 1GW SOEC factory

Topsoe, a global leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, ABB, a technology leader in electrification and automation, and Fluor, a leader in engineering, procurement and construction services, have allied to design a standardized concept for building Topsoe’s next SOEC factory.

The aim is to continuously develop processes to reduce costs, enhance safety, and secure an efficient project execution via a standardized approach.

Momentum for green hydrogen projects is growing and production levels can potentially increase substantially by 2030 if all announced projects are realized. According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global Hydrogen Review 2023, the annual production of hydrogen may reach 38 million tonnes per year in 2030, with almost 75 percent coming from electrolyzers running on renewable energy.

Topsoe is currently building its first SOEC factory in Herning, Denmark, which is expected to be in operation by late 2024. Building on the Herning factory project experience, the alliance will have the capabilities and know how to build the next factory more efficiently and through a standardized concept.

The next factory will – subject to final investment decision – be built in Chesterfield, Virginia, and is expected to be operational by 2028.

Kim Hedegaard said, “We’re committed to taking a leading role in driving the energy transition forward. E-fuels are an important part of the equation to reach global net zero in 2050, and we need to scale electrolyzer capacity and production of e-fuels at a higher pace than is happening today. Our SOEC solutions for production of green hydrogen can deliver a substantial contribution to the e-fuels economy and with the alliance we can build our next SOEC factory more efficiently and faster.”

Brandon Spencer said, “Progressing the energy transition at any acceptable pace and scale will require collaboration and balance between existing and new technologies, driven by formal partnerships that span the entire energy value chain. By joining forces with Topsoe and Fluor and delivering our automation and electrical expertise as part of this alliance, we can support the scaling of technology to enable society’s efforts to move towards a net-zero future.”

Richard Meserole said, “Fluor is proud to be part of this collaboration supporting the state-of-the-art production of electrolyzers for green hydrogen as part of the global energy transition. Fluor looks forward to continuing to help our clients and partners achieve their decarbonization goals.”

Engr. Haseeb Ullah

Haseeb covers the global energy market for both conventional and modern energy resources. His expertise is on the global energy supply chain from generation to distribution and end-users. He has a Master degree in Engineering Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering.
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