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ABEL Energy selects thyssenkrupp nucera for Bell Bay Powerfuels project

ABEL Energy selects thyssenkrupp nucera for Bell Bay Powerfuels project
Developed by thyssenkrupp nucera, "scalum" is an Alkaline Water Electrolysis (AWE) module in which about 300 high-efficiency cells are combined into one unit with a system capacity of 20 MW. The prefabricated AWE unit is designed as a standardized modular solution that can be easily interconnected and scaled up unit by unit (image courtesy thyssenkrupp nucera).

In Australia, green hydrogen and methanol project developer ABEL Energy Pty Ltd has announced that it has selected global technology major thyssenkrupp nucera as the preferred supplier of the 260 MW of electrolyzers required for its flagship Bell Bay Powerfuels project in Tasmania.

According to ABEL Energy, thyssenkrupp nucera is a global leader in electrolysis technology, offering highly efficient 20 MW Alkaline Water Electrolysis modules, known as “scalum” for green hydrogen production.

To achieve its goal of producing net-zero methanol, the Bell Bay Powerfuels Project requires substantial amounts of green hydrogen and scalable electrolyzers for large-scale production.

Scheduled to commence by 2028, the project aims to achieve an annual production of 300,000 tonnes of green methanol.

The project’s green methanol output will cut fossil carbon emissions in the maritime industry and drive employment opportunities and economic growth in Tasmania.

thyssenkrupp nucera has an enviable track record of manufacturing electrolyzers, drawing on their existing production capacity, supply chains, and decades of experience. Their Scalum electrolyzers are well suited to the requirements of our Bell Bay project.  We look forward to continuing the development of our project with the support of thyssenkrupp nucera, said Rhys Tucker, Chief Technology Officer at ABEL Energy.

This project is also centred on fostering innovation and progress in the green hydrogen sector and bunkering hub at the Port of Melbourne in Victoria (VIC).

The companies are now looking to enter a similar arrangement with the Port of Townsville.

We are pleased to be selected as the preferred supplier for this pivotal project in Australia and to work together with ABEL Energy to further execute this project.  It underscores the relevance of selecting electrolysis technology that matches the operational and economical needs of large-scale hydrogen projects, said Dr Johann Rinnhofer, CEO of Australia at thyssenkrupp nucera.

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