Project Overview

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 PEM electrolyser, built by ITM Power, will be the largest of its kind to be deployed on a large industrial scale. The REFHYNE project will investigate feasibility for introduction in other industry plants, as well as potentially being a step towards the future of refining  and determine the possible technical, economic & environmental benefits of the technology.

REFHYNE Overview Video

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, replacing a quantity of hydrogen produced by SMR (steam methane reforming), contributing the Europe’s industrial decarbonisation efforts.

The clean hydrogen produced 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.