MOL Group has teamed up with Plug Power to build one of Europe’s largest-capacity green H2 production facilities at MOL’s Danube refinery in Százhalombatta, Hungary. Green H2 will reduce the carbon footprint of the Danube refinery operation and enable emission-free mobility in the longer term.
Utilizing a 10-MW electrolysis unit from Plug Power, MOL’s €22 MM facility will be able to produce approximately 1,600 tpy of clean, carbon-neutral, green H2, removing up to 25,000 tons of CO2 by displacing the currently used natural gas-based production process. As this process represents one-sixth of the CO2 emissions of MOL Group, this investment supports MOL’s carbon neutrality goals and will contribute to energy independence for the region.
Once operational in 2023, MOL will use the green H2 in its Danube refinery during fuel production of its own H2 system. It will be incorporated into the molecules of MOL fuels, lowering the carbon outputs from the production technology and the final product.
“We are convinced that hydrogen is not only one of the most important energy carriers of the already ongoing energy transition, but it will be an essential factor in the new, carbon-neutral energy system as well. This new technology allows the introduction of green hydrogen production in Hungary, Százhalombatta, which makes MOL Group one of the most important players in the sustainable energy economy in the region,” said Gabriel Szabó, Executive Vice President of Downstream at MOL Group.
“Green hydrogen addresses two critical issues facing humanity: climate change and energy independence,” said Andy Marsh, CEO of Plug. “And our opportunities seem limitless to support the trend to pull green hydrogen into more traditional industrial hydrogen markets throughout the world. We are pleased to provide our state-of-the-art electrolyzer technology to MOL Group’s Danube Refinery and enable MOL Group to take a big step forward in addressing these issues for the region.”