Aerial photo of the Tarragona Chemical Park in Spain. Credit: Siemens Energy

Siemens Energy and German gas company Messer Group have signed an agreement to collaborate on green hydrogen projects in the 5 to 50 MW range for industrial and mobility applications in Spain.

Within the framework of this agreement, Messer Ibérica has already submitted three clean hydrogen projects to the Spanish government. These projects will have a total electrolyzer capacity of 70MW and will be installed in the chemical complex of Tarragona.

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In the Tarragona chemical park, Messer Ibérica operates a pipeline network for oxygen where this electrolysis co-product will be used.

The chemical industry in Tarragona, one of Europe’s largest chemical parks, has identified renewable hydrogen based on electrolysis as an essential solution to replace fossil fuels in its processes.

Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group, said: “We are focused on developing technologies that make our customers’ production processes safer, more efficient and eco-friendly, including clean hydrogen applications in industry and in mobility.

“In Europe, Asia and the Americas, we already operate gases production facilities expertly on-site, optimising the use of all co-products, allowing customers to concentrate on their core businesses whilst enjoying environmental and commercial benefits. Together with Siemens Energy we will extend these advantages to industrial customers switching to green hydrogen produced by electrolysis.”

Siemens Energy chief executive Christian Bruch said: “Green hydrogen will be one important lever to develop sustainable solutions, especially in hard-to-abate sectors of industry and mobility.”

During a joint online meeting, Christian Bruch, CEO of Siemens Energy (left), and Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of Messer Group GmbH (right), signed the cooperation agreement. Credit: Messer

Tarragona houses the largest chemical hub in southern Europe with an annual production of 20 million tonmes. A key aspect of the hub’s competitiveness is the Port of Tarragona, one of the deepest ports in the Mediterranean and a major logistics platform for Catalonia.

The ChemMed Cluster has 2 combined cycles power plants and 8 cogeneration plants, as well as an IGEST.RES hydrocarbon recycling plant with a treatment capacity of 15,000 tonnes per year and industrial water treatment with a production cap of 25,000 tonnes per year.