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Clean Refinery Hydrogen for Europe

Objective

The REFHYNE project will install and operate a 10MW electrolyser from ITM Power at a large refinery in Rhineland, Germany, which is operated by Shell Deutschland Oils. The electrolyser will provide bulk quantities of hydrogen to the refinery’s hydrogen pipeline system (currently supplied by two steam methane reformers). The electrolyser will be operated in a highly responsive mode, helping to balance the refinery’s internal electricity grid and also selling Primary Control Reserve service to the German Transmission System Operators.
The combination of hydrogen sales to the refinery and balancing payments create a business case which justifies this installation. This business case will be evaluated in detail, in a 2 year campaign of techno-economic and environmental analysis.
The REFHYNE business model is replicable in markets with a similar regulatory structure to Germany. However, to expand this market to a GW scale, new business models will be needed. These will include valuing green hydrogen as an input to industrial processes (to meet carbon policy targets) and also on sales to H2 mobility markets. The REFHYNE project will gather real world data on these models and will use this to simulate the bulk electrolyser model in a range of market conditions. This will be used to produce reports on the conditions under which the electrolyser business models become viable, in order to provide the evidence base required to justify changes in existing policies. A campaign of targeted dissemination will ensure the results of these studies reach decision makers in large industrial sites, financiers, utilities and policy makers.
The REFHYNE electrolyser will be the largest in the world and has been designed as the building block for future electrolysers up to 100MW and beyond. REFHYNE includes a design study into the options for a 100MW electrolyser at the Rhineland refinery, which will help prepare the market for deployments at this scale.

Coordinator

SINTEF AS
Net EU contribution
€ 875 061,87
Address
Strindvegen 4
7034 Trondheim
Norway

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Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,63

Participants (7)

SHELL ENERGY EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 118 705,00
Address
Shell Centre
SE1 7NA London

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Region
London Inner London — East Lambeth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 76 920,00
SHELL DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 2 414 401,00
Address
Suhrenkamp 71-77
22335 Hamburg

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Region
Hamburg Hamburg Hamburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 4 228 303,00
ITM POWER (TRADING) LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 6 365 294,00
Address
Atlas Way 22
S4 7QQ Sheffield

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Yorkshire and the Humber South Yorkshire Sheffield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 5 358 331,00
SPHERA SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 99 706,00
Address
Hauptstrasse 111-113
70771 Leinfelden-echterdingen

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Baden-Württemberg Stuttgart Esslingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 42 731,50
ELEMENT ENERGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 104 313,13
Address
Suite 1 Bishop Bateman Court Thompson's Lane
CB5 8AQ Cambridge

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 44 705,62
Third-party

Legal entity other than a subcontractor which is affiliated or legally linked to a participant. The entity carries out work under the conditions laid down in the Grant Agreement, supplies goods or provides services for the action, but did not sign the Grant Agreement. A third party abides by the rules applicable to its related participant under the Grant Agreement with regard to eligibility of costs and control of expenditure.

ERM FRANCE
France
Net EU contribution
€ 20 562,50
Address
13 Rue Faidherbe
75011 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Other funding
€ 8 812,50
STIFTELSEN SINTEF

Participation ended

Norway
Net EU contribution
€ 0,00
Address
Strindveien 4
7034 Trondheim
Region
Norge Trøndelag Trøndelag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Other funding
€ 0,00