Freienbach SZ – EW Höfe, SOCAR Energy Switzerland, CIME Capital and Alpiq want to build Switzerland’s largest production plant for green hydrogen. The company Hydrogen Höfe Freienbach AG was founded for this purpose. It is expected to save around 14,000 tons of CO2 per year.
With the founding of Hydrogen Höfe Freienbach AG, Switzerland’s largest green hydrogen production facility is being created, according to a media release. EW Höfe, SOCAR Energy Switzerland, CIME Capital and Alpiq have joined forces to establish the new company in Freienbach. The four partners each hold a quarter of the share capital.
The green hydrogen will be produced in Freienbach connected to the grid and exclusively with electricity from renewable sources, according to the statement. When completed, the production of up to 1200 tons of green hydrogen is expected to avoid the emission of around 14,000 tons of CO2 per year. In heavy traffic, this can supply up to 200 fuel cell electric trucks. If diesel vehicles were used, emissions would be higher by the 14,000 tons of CO2 per year mentioned. Hydrogen is also to be fed into the natural gas network and waste heat into the newly emerging regional district heating network.
According to the announcement issued by Alpiq, the project partners will take the next step of procuring the two main technical components, the electrolysis plant and the compressor. The partners bring the relevant knowledge to build the production plant with a capacity of up to 10 megawatts, it adds. SOCAR has an extensive network of refueling stations, EW Höfe, as the largest interconnected company in the region, guarantees security of supply, and the energy company Alpiq has many years of experience with green hydrogen. With CIME Capital, an investor is on board that invests specifically in long-term renewable energy projects. ce/gba