Next year PJSC Ukrhydroenergo can start the production of hydrogen at the Dnipro hydroelectric station (HPP). At least, the company expects to sign a contract with the German companies Andritz Hydro and MAN Energy Solutions for the supply of a 1 MW electrolyzer for hydrogen production in September of this year, this was stated in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine, informed CEO of the company Ihor Syrota.
Regarding hydrogen, we cooperate very fruitfully with German partners. (…)We plan to sign a contract for the supply of a 1 MW electrolyzer in September. They have a production time of 16 months, but we agreed that they would take someone else’s turn and make it for us in 6-9 months. Therefore, if we sign the contract in September, then in the first half of the next year we will be able to implement this project at the Dnipro HPP,” said Syrota.
Ukrhydroenergo plans to provide initial investments in this pilot project with its funds, but successful implementation will allow attracting investors to larger hydrogen production projects in the future.
“If we build at least 1 MW today, it will be much easier for us to talk with European donors. They will more likely provide funds for both design and implementation of projects. And we have the opportunity to implement hydrogen projects from 40 MW to 100 MW,” Syrota explains the company’s intentions.
At the same time, the CEO of Ukrhydroenergo added that in the conditions of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its energy blackmail against Europe, hydrogen development projects will be actively implemented.