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Commission approves €134 million German measure to support BASF in production of renewable hydrogen

Christian Fernsby |
The European Commission has approved, under EU State aid rules, a €134 million German measure to support BASF SE in the production of renewable hydrogen, with the aims of decarbonising its chemical production processes and of promoting hydrogen use in the transport sector.

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The measure contributes to the achievement of the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the European Green Deal targets, while helping reduce dependence on Russian fossil fuels and fast forward the green transition in line with the REPowerEU Plan.

The measure will support BASF's production of renewable hydrogen mainly to replace fossil-based hydrogen in BASF's chemical production processes. Additional renewable hydrogen produced will be delivered for emerging hydrogen mobility applications (e.g. hydrogen-powered trucks or buses).

The aid, which will take the form of a direct grant, will support the construction and installation of a large-scale electrolyser at BASF's Ludwigshafen site, which will have an annual production capacity of 54 MW and produce approximately 5,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen and 40,000 tonnes of oxygen per year.

The electrolyser is envisaged to start operating in 2025.

The project is expected to avoid the release of 565,305 tonnes of carbon dioxide over the 15 years of expected operation of the electrolyser. In addition, to maximise the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, renewable hydrogen will be produced solely with electricity stemming from renewable sources.


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