CF Industries has signed an engineering and procurement contract with ThyssenKrupp to supply a 20-megawatt alkaline water electrolysis plant to produce green hydrogen at the company’s Donaldsonville manufacturing complex, according to a company press release.
Construction, which will be managed by CF Industries, is expected to begin in the second half of 2021 and finish in 2023, with the cost of the initial project fitting within the company’s annual capital expenditure budget.
As countries work to reduce carbon emissions, hydrogen has emerged as a leading source of clean energy. According to the company’s release, industry experts project hydrogen will meet approximately 20% of the world’s energy needs by 2050, up from less than 1% today. Ammonia is a critical enabler for the storage and transport of hydrogen and can also be a clean fuel in its own right.
CF Industries will integrate the carbon-free hydrogen generated by the electrolysis plant into existing ammonia synthesis loops to enable the production of 20,000 tons per year of green ammonia.
When complete, the Donaldsonville project will be the largest of its kind in North America. See the full story.