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Haldor Topsoe to build large-scale SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility

In a bid to accommodate rising demand, Denmark-headed Haldor Topsoe A/S, a global leader in high-performance catalysts and proprietary technologies for the chemical and refining industries, has revealed that it plans to invest an undisclosed amount into a new manufacturing facility to produce highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC). The planned facility will initially have a total capacity of 500 MW per year with the option to expand to up to 5 GW per year.

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Haldor Topsoe A/S has revealed that it plans to invest an undisclosed amount into a new manufacturing facility to produce highly efficient solid oxide electrolyzers (SOEC). The planned facility will initially have a total capacity of 500 MW per year with the option to expand up to 5 GW per year (photo courtesy Haldor Topsoe).

With the planned new facility, the location of which has not yet been disclosed, Haldor Topsoe will accommodate the rapidly increasing demand for competitive electrolysis technology, predominantly for green hydrogen plants based on renewable electricity.

The planned facility will initially have a total capacity of 500 MW per year with the option to expand tenfold, to up to 5 GW per year. The development of the automated manufacturing facility, which will be the largest of its kind, is ongoing.

Construction is planned to commence in 2022 for the facility to be operational by 2023.

This new manufacturing facility is a concrete step to take a leading role in the ongoing energy transition towards a low carbon future. We strongly believe that one of the most viable routes to this goal lies in the efficient utilization of renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen, fuels, and chemicals. With Topsoe’s SOEC electrolyzer, more than 90 percent of the renewable electricity that enters the electrolyzer is preserved in the green hydrogen it produces. This is significantly more efficient than the other available technologies in the market. Topsoe already has a number of technologies and several others under development that will ensure that the company will play a leading role in the energy transition, reducing carbon emissions world-wide. The decision to build this large-scale production of our SOEC technology shows that we are willing and able to translate our ambition into reality, said Roeland Baan, CEO of Haldor Topsoe.

Leverage end-to-end expertise

Haldor Topsoe is currently a global leader in hydrogen technology, catalysts, and services that enable the efficient production of hydrogen. Offerings include technologies for traditional natural-gas-based hydrogen production with the option of carbon capture, also known as blue hydrogen, as well as green hydrogen with the SOEC electrolyzer technology.

The company is already engaged in several projects to produce green hydrogen, green ammonia, green methanol, and green fuels. An example is the NEOM-project, announced in July 2020, which includes the world’s largest ammonia loop delivered by Haldor Topsoe.

With its SOEC technology and decades of experience as a world-leading technology provider within ammonia, methanol, gasoline, aviation fuel, diesel, and hydrogen, the company is one of the very few companies that can deliver insights and technology along the entire value chain for next-generation fuels and chemicals.

Our unique end-to-end offering within green hydrogen production by electrolysis and the associated downstream production of ammonia, methanol, and e-fuels offers customers high-value products, safe transportation, and energy-efficient storage, and we are already talking with potential customers who are interested in being first movers in this space, said Amy Hebert, Chief Commercial Officer of Haldor Topsoe.

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