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Thursday, March 18, 2021 

Haldor Topsoe and AQM Capital LLC (Aquamarine) have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the purpose of building a green ammonia facility, which is planned to include a 100MW SOEC electrolysis unit to produce green hydrogen to be converted into green ammonia.

The plant will be located in northern Germany, close to existing offshore wind farms, and where the product can be sold to the shipping industry. It is expected to be operational by 2024 and will be constructed in stages. In the first stage of the project, the proposed facility will use Topsoe’s proprietary solid oxide electrolyser cells (SOEC) to produce green hydrogen from 100MW of renewable electricity. The hydrogen will be further processed into 300t/day of green ammonia, also using Topsoe technology. The produced ammonia can be used as a green marine fuel.

Amy Hebert, CCO Topsoe, said: “We look forward to our partnership with Aquamarine on our SOEC and ammonia technology. Driven by our vision to be recognised as the global leader in carbon reduction emission technologies by 2024, we are excited by our low-carbon solutions and attractiveness for our customers. This project is innovative in both its use of cutting-edge technology and its scale and will lead the way.”

Topsoe is already engaged in several projects to produce green hydrogen, green ammonia, eMethanol, and green fuels. An example is the Helios project in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, announced in July 2020, which includes the world’s largest ammonia loop (1.2 million tons per year) delivered by Topsoe. With the SOEC technology and experience as a technology provider within ammonia, methanol, gasoline, jet-fuel, diesel, and hydrogen, Topsoe claims to be one of the very few companies that can deliver insights, technology and catalysts along the entire value chain for next-generation fuels and chemicals.  The proprietary high-temperature electrolysis SOEC technology offers up to 30% larger green hydrogen output compared to standard technology such as PEM and alkaline electrolysis.

Aquamarine will develop the project and seek relevant permits. Through its subsidiary HydrGEN, Aquamarine aims to establish a series of production facilities covering green hydrogen, green ammonia, and other products using hydrogen produced by electrolysis with zero carbon emissions.

“We are delighted to be working with Haldor Topsoe toward the commercial application on its cutting edge SOEC technology to bring green products to market as part of the global move toward decarbonisation. We expect to be soon announcing other partners who will be joining the effort, as we move forward to build HydrGEN into a global green hydrogen products leader,” said Joel H. Moser, Founder and CEO, Aquamarine.

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