The REFHYNE project is at the forefront of the effort to supply Clean Refinery Hydrogen for Europe. The project is funded by the European Commission’s Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU) and will install and operate the world’s largest hydrogen electrolyser the Shell Rhineland Refinery in Wesseling, Germany.

The plant will be operated by Shell and manufactured by ITM Power. The electrolyser has a peak capacity of 10 MW (megawatts) and will be able to produce approximately 1,300 tonnes of hydrogen per year. This decarbonised hydrogen can be fully integrated into refinery processes including the desulphurisation of conventional fuels. The project will use the hydrogen produced for:

  1. Processing and upgrading products at the Wesseling refinery site.
  2. Testing the PEM technology at the largest scale achieved to date.
  3. Exploring applications in other sectors including: industry, power generation, heating for buildings, and transport.

The REFHYNE project began in January 2018 and will run for 5 years to December 2022.


Shell Rheinland Raffinerie: Baubeginn der weltweit größten Wasserstoff-Elektrolyse

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Im Werk Wesseling der Shell Rheinland Raffinerie wurde der erste Spatenstich zum Bau einer Wasserstoff-Elektrolyse-Anlage gesetzt. Mit Unterstützung durch die Europäische Union (EU) will das REFHYNE Konsortium damit einen Beitrag zur Energiewende leisten. Die Investitionssumme beträgt 16 Millionen Euro, hiervon … Read More

Construction starts on the world’s largest PEM electrolyser at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery

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Ground-breaking ceremony for a new hydrogen electrolysis plant at the Shell Rheinland refinery in Wesseling, Germany, that will help contribute to a cleaner, lower-carbon energy future. The total investment is at 16 million euros, of which the European Fuel Cell … Read More

Launch of Refhyne, world’s largest electrolysis plant in Rhineland refinery

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FCH JU brand new project Refhyne was launched on 18 January 2018 with an event held in Cologne. The consortium will build a new hydrogen electrolysis plant, the largest of its kind in the world, at the Rheinland refinery in Germany. With … Read More


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2018-01-18 Shell und ITM Power werden in der Raffinerie Rheinland, Werk Wesseling, die weltweit größte PEM-Wasserstoff-Elektrolyse-Anlage errichten. Mit einer Kapazität von zehn Megawatt wird der Wasserstoff vor allem für die Verarbeitung von Produkten der Raffinerie genutzt. Die Technologie wird zugleich … Read More