Siemens Gamesa, Strohm team up on hydrogen transfer


Strohm, manufacturer of thermoplastic composite pipe, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to collaborate on development of hydrogen transfer solutions.

Strohm is a market leader in design and manufacturing of thermoplastic composite pipe, which is suited for carrying hydrogen offshore and subsea. The pipe is produced at the Strohm plant in The Netherlands. The corrosion-resistant technology, manufactured in spoolable lengths, can be pulled directly into the wind-turbine generator, quickly and cost-effectively building an offshore wind-farm infrastructure.

Strohm and Siemens Gamesa collaborate on offshore green hydrogen solutions. (Courtesy: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy)

The collaboration will focus on developing hydrogen-transfer solutions that improve the decentralized green hydrogen concept, whereby green hydrogen is generated in each wind-turbine generator and transported to shore by a subsea pipe infrastructure. In this concept, power cables are replaced by a pipe infrastructure, storing and transferring hydrogen. Siemens Gamesa has a technical advisory role.

Thermoplastic composite pipe requires no maintenance and is suitable for more than 30 years in operation, lowering the levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) to a minimum.

As a leader in offshore wind, Siemens Gamesa has already taken steps in shaping the industry and developing the basis for a decentralized offshore solution that fully integrates an electrolyzer into an offshore wind turbine, with clear benefits and value-add potential such as capex reduction, increase of system efficiency, and increase of wind-farm uptime.

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