The world’s first large scale Battolyser factory will be constructed in the port of Rotterdam to meet soaring demand for green hydrogen and electricity storage.
The 1 GW per annum Battolyser factory will be located in the M4H area, an industrial site in the heart of Rotterdam.
The cost of developing the 14,000 m² production site, complete with new office and laboratory facilities, is estimated to be approximately US$103 million.
Once fully operational it will require some 700 directly employed staff plus create up to four times as many indirect jobs with supply chain partners, according to an announcement.
"This partnership will develop the first industrial green hydrogen equipment manufacturing facility in The Netherlands," commented Mattijs Slee, CEO of Battolyser Systems.
Germany and The Netherlands are the first and second largest hydrogen consumers in Europe today.
Also, the factory will act as Battolyser Systems’ headquarter and research and development center, and will open during the second half of 2024.
A final investment decision is scheduled for the next year and requires private and public investments to compete internationally.
"Rotterdam positions itself as Europe’s Hydrogen Hub and new sustainable industries are welcomed to help realize the transition that’s taking place in Rotterdam. We need companies such as Battolyser Systems, and we believe the port is the ideal place for its first large scale factory," said Allard Castelein, CEO of Port of Rotterdam.
According to Port of Rotterdam, Battolyser has developed and manufactured the world’s first integrated battery/electrolyser system and it can produce hydrogen from solar and wind when power prices are low and provide electricity to the grid when prices are high.
Technology of Battolyser, which was invented by Prof. Dr. Fokko Mulder and his research team at the Delft University of Technology, is deployable at scale using abundant and conflict-free active materials like nickel and iron.