The power of green hydrogen
Hydrogen is a key element in the energy transition. It has the potential to decarbonize a vast variety of sectors, from shipping, heating and cooling to industrial applications. We at MAN Energy Solutions acknowledge the power of H2 and with our solutions and services, we are already covering all parts of the hydrogen economy today.
Prepared for change with the complete value chain of H2 and synthetic fuels
To reach carbon-neutrality in this generation, the world needs quick and efficient solutions. As a solution provider and general advisor on the question of decarbonization, we are ready to support the energy transition with full power. Our portfolio already covers the complete value chain of H2 from production to utilization – we are prepared for change.Hydrogen can be produced from renewable energy in a climate-neutral way and forms the basis for the production of a variety of synthetic fuels through Power-to-X processes. We urgently need these alternative fuels to implement the energy transition, because they make renewable energy usable outside the electricity grids. In this way, CO2 emissions can also be reduced in those areas where direct electrification is not sensible or possible, such as international shipping. Hydrogen and Power-to-X thus form an important link for the sector coupling of power and heat generation, transport and industrial applications.
Paving the way for a greener future
The production of hydrogen is the crucial first step in the value chain. H-TEC SYSTEMS, a German electrolysis-specialist, has been perfecting its technology for more than 20 years; MAN Energy Solutions recently acquired 99% of the company’s shares. H-TEC SYSTEMS offers PEM (Proton Exchange Membrane) electrolysers in the 225 kW to 1 MW range.
Together with MAN Energy Solutions, the company is now promoting the development of PEM electrolysers in the multi-megawatt range, which will also enable the use of the most pioneering electrolysers on an industrial scale.
Delivering a green future
To make CO2-neutral energy useful across all sectors, converting renewable electricity into storable and easy-to-handle fuels is crucial; the power-to-X process allows for just that. It is a transformation technology that converts renewable electricity into carbon-neutral, synthetic fuels, which can then be used in other sectors or be stored until needed. Among others, these fuels include synthetic natural gas (SNG), green ammonia and methanol.
MAN Energy Solutions is already a pioneer of power-to-X technology: in 2013, we commissioned the methanation reactor for Europe's first – and, at 6 MW, largest – power-to-gas plant. Currently, the e-gas plant in Werlte, Lower Saxony, supplies 1,500 gas-powered vehicles with climate-neutral fuel every year.
We have since consistently developed power-to-X technology and offer turnkey plants with a capacity of 50 MW and more. Such a plant can produce 14,500 tons of synthetic natural gas (SNG) per year, enough fuel for 470 natural-gas-powered, local-transport buses to each cover 60,000 kilometres CO2-neutrally.
As a leading provider of reactor technology, we furthermore offer sophisticated chemical-reactor systems to convert hydrogen into a broad variety of synthetic fuels, including synthetic methane, methanol and ammonia.
Solutions for hydrogen infrastructure
A viable hydrogen infrastructure requires that hydrogen is transportable from source to point of use. This can happen via pipeline, by road in gaseous tube trailers, as well as by rail or ship. In order to transport large volumes of hydrogen, it must be pressurized and delivered as a compressed gas. This is where our turbomachinery technology comes into play with MAN’s high-tech compressor solutions being capable of installation, for instance, in future H2 pipeline compressor-stations. Additionally, MAN Energy Solutions already has expertise in building turnkey, turbomachinery systems for large industrial plants that produce ammonia and methanol, both of which viable carriers for hydrogen.
The future is here
At MAN Energy Solutions, we are helping to shape the sustainability agenda and provide a clear path for you to achieve your goals. That’s why we believe in a broad field of application for H2 and synthetic fuels – whether applied to power-and-heat generation, shipping, steel or cement production, or other industries. No matter what vessel or plant you operate, our proven, fuel-flexible engines and solutions are future-proof and ready for the climate-neutral fuels of the future.
We cover all processing steps of the hydrogen economy under the umbrella of MAN Energy Solutions.
Latest news on hydrogen topics
MAN Energy Solutions continues to invest in hydrogen: Acquisition of H-TEC SYSTEMS
Subject to approval by the competition authorities, MAN Energy Solutions has acquired the shares of the previous majority shareholder, GP JOULE, adding to the 40% stake it previously took in the company in 2019. The remaining shares are currently in free float.
Green hydrogen on the rise
Dr. Uwe Lauber, Chief Executive Officer of MAN Energy Solutions, stated: “Green hydrogen is becoming an incredibly important natural resource on our journey to becoming a climate-neutral global economy. With the acquisition of H-TEC SYSTEMS, from now on we will cover all processing steps of the hydrogen economy under the umbrella of MAN Energy Solution. By doing so, we are strategically investing in our expertise as tomorrow's provider of sustainable energy solutions and providing H-TEC SYSTEMS with complete access to our resources and sales networks at the same time. However, the current other shareholder GP JOULE will remain an important sales partner.”
Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy as well as Deputy Minister-President of Bavaria, Germany has commented: “In future, green hydrogen will create many jobs in Bavaria and across Germany. We are pleased to see that two pioneers of hydrogen technology, namely MAN Energy Solutions and H-TEC SYSTEMS are rooted in Bavaria. We wish to make the state of Bavaria a leading location for hydrogen technology.”
Management team repositions itself
In the course of the transaction, the management team is strengthened by Dr. Dominik Heiß, who will lead the company together with Dr. Joachim Herrmann and Frank Zimmermann. Frank Zimmermann will also act as management spokesperson moving forward. At the same time, Heinrich Gärtner, GP JOULE, has announced his departure in the course of the transaction.
“We plan to further expand the two company locations in Augsburg and Braak,” said Frank Zimmermann. “Now is the time for promoting the development of PEM electrolysers in the multi-megawatt range. This will also enable the use of the most pioneering electrolysers on an industrial scale.”
“Our thanks go to Heinrich Gärtner who has accompanied H-TEC SYSTEMS on its journey since 2010 and helped make the company a pioneer within the hydrogen economy,” added Dr. Uwe Lauber. “Even though Heinrich is leaving the management team, we will continue to rely on the expertise and experience of GP JOULE as part of our sales partnership.”
H2 and Power-to-X technology pioneers
H-TEC SYSTEMS was founded in 1997 and has over 20 years of experience in hydrogen development and research. At production sites in Schleswig-Holstein and Bavaria, Germany, stacks and electrolysers in the megawatt class based on the polymer-electrolyte membrane process (PEM) are developed by 60 specialists to cover the hydrogen demand for both industrial hydrogen applications and electricity conversion. The H-TEC SYSTEMS electrolysers already make effective sector coupling possible today.
MAN Energy Solutions is also a forerunner in Power-to-X technology, which enables green hydrogen to be converted into climate-neutral fuels. In 2013, the company commissioned the methanation reactor for Europe's first and for a long time most powerful Power-to-Gas plant on a 6 MW scale for Audi AG. Since then, MAN has consistently developed PtX technology and offers turnkey plants with a capacity of 50 MW and more today.
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