AkzoNobel Forms Partnerships to Explore Opportunities for Green Hydrogen and ‘Electrofuels’

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals has partnered with three groups in Sweden to explore the opportunities for producing green hydrogen and ‘electrofuels’ using renewable electricity. The partners are RISE Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE), forestry group Södra, and packaging materials company BillerudKorsnäs. The study is also supported by the Swedish Energy Agency.

According to the company, AkzoNobel is a major user of electricity in Sweden, and will contribute its expertise in electrochemistry to the partnership. “Sweden aims to have a 100% renewable electricity production in 2040, mainly to be achieved by expanding solar and wind-generated power production. More wind and solar energy brings a growing societal and industrial need to manage fluctations in electricity supply and demand. At the same time the large-scale availability of cost-competitive renewable power opens opportunities,” says Anna-Karin Jannasch, Focus area manager Industrial Transformation at RISE.

“Renewable energy and bio-based and recycled raw materials allows us to further reduce our environmental footprint and to meet customer needs for more sustainable products. But to really drive change in the industry and society it is key to collaborate with like-minded business in and outside the value chain,” added Emma Ringström, Sustainability manager Pulp and Performance Chemicals at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals.

Earlier this year AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Dutch gas network operator Gasunie joined forces to investigate the possible large-scale conversion of sustainable electricity into green hydrogen via the electrolysis of water. Building on the company’s expertise in electrolysis and handling of hydrogen, the partners plan to use a 20-megawatt water electrolysis unit, the largest in Europe, targeting a production capacity of 3,000 tons of green hydrogen a year — enough to fuel 300 hydrogen buses, according to the company.