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H-TEC SYSTEMS and Groupe E advance hydrogen production with hydropower in Switzerland

Sciffenen dam in Friborg, Switzerland - Group E


H-TEC SYSTEMS is realizing the first hydrogen project in western Switzerland with Groupe E. For this purpose, two H-TEC SYSTEMS ME450/1400 PEM electrolysers are placed on the dam wall of ships to generate green hydrogen. From 2023, around 300 tons of green hydrogen are to be produced annually with the help of hydropower, which will then be used primarily for the decarbonization of heavy traffic.

First hydrogen production plant in western Switzerland

The production facility at the Schiffenen dam is located in the canton of Friborg and is the first facility of this type in western Switzerland. The two PEM electrolysers are supplied with more than two megawatts of green energy by a dotation turbine in the dam. With regard to the delivery of hydrogen to nearby filling stations, the location of the production plant near the A12 and A1 motorways is ideal. With the help of tank trucks, the hydrogen is transported by road to the filling stations.

The energy supplier Groupe E is starting a pilot project with the PEM electrolysers and is pleased to have found an experienced partner in H-TEC SYSTEMS. “We are breaking new ground with this project. Both the constructive, open and transparent communication with H-TEC SYSTEMS and their experience with their own efficient PEM electrolyser allow us to look to the upcoming implementation phase with confidence," explains Urs Kröpfli, project manager at Groupe E.

H-TEC SYSTEMS starts a pilot project with Groupe E

Together with Groupe E, H-TEC SYSTEMS enters the Swiss market for the first time. H-TEC SYSTEMS also praises the very collegial cooperation with Groupe E and is pleased to be part of this sustainable project of the energy company. "Through the very cooperative and trusting cooperation in the past few months, we have seen that we have found a very good partner in Groupe E for H-TEC SYSTEMS' first project in Switzerland. We are delighted to be able to work with our customer to implement an innovative project at such a picturesque location as the Schiffenen dam wall,” explains Alexander Detke, Sales Manager for the project.

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