Preem and Vattenfall are designing a fossil-free hydrogen gas power plant
Electrification of transport is happening.
Direct electrification of cars and lorries is an established path towards fossil-free transport. Less well known is the potential to use indirect electrification to further lower the climate impact of liquid biofuels – and positive progress is made within this field. Preem and Vattenfall have entered a partnership with the purpose of using fossil-free hydrogen for large-scale biofuel production to reduce Sweden's total CO2 emissions by 15%.
Planning for a new fossil-free hydrogen gas power plant
The partnership between Preem and Vattenfall intensified in 2019 with a shared ambition to construct a new plant with a capacity of 20GW. Currently, we are in the process of designing and developing the plant which would be Europe’s largest water electrolysis plant for the refinery sector. The Swedish National Energy Agency’s funding of the preliminary planning process has been important for our progress.
Once complete, the plant is expected to reduce Sweden’s carbon emissions from refining processes by 15% or 25,000 tons per year. Emissions in the transport sector are expected to be reduced by around 230,000 tons annually, when biofuels replace diesel and petrol. This is equivalent to the annual emissions from 80,000 vehicles, and would, together with projected development of direct electrification of transport, enable the 70% reduction in transport emissions that Sweden is aiming for.
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