A consortium of European companies presents “Silver frog“, A project to integrate the production of photovoltaic cells and modules into new initiatives dedicated to green hydrogen.
Meyer Burger and its partners hope to receive priority support from the European Union to build a 2 GW photovoltaic plant.
From electricity to gas, solar energy and hydrogen. We are talking about Silver Frog, an initiative launched these days in Brussels by four European companies.
On the occasion of the Hydrogen for Climate Action conference, the Swiss Meyer Burger, the Belgian Hydrogenics, the Hungarian Ecosolifer and the Danish European Energy presented the construction project of an impressive new photovoltaic plant.
The possible location of the plant is not yet known, but the idea of the consortium is to create a structure with a production capacity of 2 GW; The cells and modules it will produce will be used to help distribute 10 GW of renewable energy (solar and wind) in Europe to supply electricity for the production of green hydrogen. The fuel, in turn, will be used to decarbonize heavy industries such as chemicals and steel.
A complex plan but strongly supported by the SolarPower Europe association, to which the four companies belong.
The focus of this project on the integration of photovoltaic production plants sends a strong signal to the European Commission that any discussion on renewable hydrogen will require a strong renewable industrial strategy.
Walburga Hemetsberger, CEO of SolarPower Europe.
More specifically, Meyer Burger will supply the production lines of the panels for the photovoltaic plant, Ecosolifer will produce the modules and develop the cellular technology, while European Energy will act as a developer. Hydrogenics Europe will be responsible for the supply of the water electrolysis technology.
The aim of the consortium is to produce around 800,000 tonnes of green hydrogen in eight years, which will require direct aid from the European Union. Silver Frog will be one of the proposals on the new list of major projects of common European interest IPCEI.