Uniper and Siemens Gas and Power unite to explore green hydrogen potential

Uniper and Siemens Gas and Power have signed a cooperation agreement to develop green hydrogen projects that will decarbonise the German energy producer’s portfolio.

The companies will work together to explore the potential of producing and using green hydrogen – where the gas is made from electrolysis using renewable electricity – using Uniper’s existing gas turbines and gas storage facilities.

They will also investigate the role hydrogen can play in Uniper’s coal power plants after the company recently announced that it would close or convert its coal-fired power plants in Europe by 2025 at the latest.

Uniper has set itself the goal of reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the European generation segment from 22 million tonnes today to net-zero emissions by 2035. The company has built two power-to-gas plants in Germany since 2013.

“After the coal phase-out and the switch to a secure gas-based energy supply, the use of climate-friendly gas will be a major step towards successful energy system transformation,” said Uniper chief executive Andreas Schierenbeck.

“Therefore, the decarbonisation of the gas industry, including gas-fired power generation, is essential if Germany and Europe are to achieve their climate targets.”

Siemens Gas and Power builds power-to-gas infrastructure and equipment, including technologies for enabling carbon dioxide-free energy supply.