Åland firm announces plans for Kokkola hydrogen plant | News
The city is located in the center of Finland’s so-called “wind energy belt”.
Öland-based Flexens announced plans to build a 300-megawatt hydrogen plant in Kokkola, central Ostrobothnia, at a press conference on Tuesday.
The plant will be built in Kokkola Industrial Park – a vital area for Finland’s chemical production industry – and use electrolysis to separate hydrogen from water.
Hydrogen fuel from the plant provides a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels. The hydrogen will also be processed as green ammonia, which can be used as an agricultural fertilizer and as fuel for marine engines.
Electrolysis is an energy-intensive process and one of the reasons the company decided on Coca-Cola was its central location in Finland’s wind power production “hot spot” along the country’s west coast. The company said that while Flexens will not have its own power supply, it will negotiate clean energy contracts with local suppliers.
Flexence stated that the estimated cost of the factory is 500 million euros and is expected to be operational in 2027. The company also indicated that it will employ dozens of people in the new factory.
The company also added that negotiations were underway to feed the waste heat from the plant into the municipal heating network at Kokkola.
Hydrogen network is in progress
A nationwide hydrogen network is currently being planned and developed by Gasgrid Finland. A functioning infrastructure and market could be ready by 2030.
Finnish and Swedish hydrogen production plants will be linked by pipeline under the initiative.
Timo RetonomyThe 300-megawatt Kokola plant sounds like a big project, even by European standards, said an industry advisor at the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment.
There are currently about twenty hydrogen plants in Finland. It is small, around 20-40 megawatts and is not specifically designed for clean energy. In addition, a 200 MW plant is planned to be produced in Kristiinankaupunki.
There is only one hydrogen project under construction in Finland. Power2X Solutions is building a 20 MW hydrogen plant in Harjavalta.
“Finland can produce 45 percent of the clean hydrogen in Europe, and the hydrogen grid fits in very well with that,” Gasgrid CEO said. Olly Sibylla.
Sipilä said the requirements for the project will be determined next year and the Flexens project is a good starting point.