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12/3/21

HeidelbergCement entrusts thyssenkrupp with the modernization of its Airvault cement plant in France

  • Construction of a new 4000 tpd clinker production line

  • Significantly lower emissions while almost doubling production capacity

  • New assembly concept reduces construction time of preheater by several months

  • Commissioning is planned for mid 2024

To the press release
11/11/21

thyssenkrupp becomes key strategic partner of Dii Desert Energy

  • thyssenkrupp and international industry network, Dii Desert Energy, are working together to revive the initiative to unleash the energy transition in the MENA region.

 

thyssenkrupp intends to enter into a strategic partnership with Dii Desert Energy – an independent industry initiative and market enabler from Dubai and Munich.[1] Dii, also known as Desertec Industrial Initiative, has been a pioneer in the MENA region both in renewable energy since 2009 and green hydrogen since 2016. In 2017, thyssenkrupp joined Dii as associated partner, cooperating successfully on various topics of the energy transition. This commitment is now to be further strengthened by this new prominent partnership status.

 

The MENA region is expected to become one of the frontrunners of medium and large-scale green hydrogen and ammonia projects. Bilateral energy partnerships – such as between Germany and the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Morocco – will accelerate this development. Bringing together the right players of technology supply and downstream applications is key to creating an international market for “green molecules” such as hydrogen, ammonia and E-fuels. In this, Dii will play a central role for thyssenkrupp among others as a market enabler of hydrogen technology.

 

Andreas Beckers, representative for thyssenkrupp at Dii and CEO and Executive Board Member at thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions Egypt: “We are excited to formulate this partnership with Dii as it enables us to offer our large-scale, state-of-the-art technology for green hydrogen and green ammonia production to create sustainable value in the region.”

 

Paul van Son, President of Dii comments: “We are thrilled that thyssenkrupp as a new shareholder of Dii is now representing the traditionally strong European voice alongside ACWA Power of Saudi Arabia and State Grid of China.”

 

Cornelius Matthes, CEO, adds: “thyssenkrupp brings a unique profile as both one of the largest emerging off-takers of green hydrogen for steel production and world’s largest manufacturer of alkaline electrolysers. This will will boost the work of our industry network along the entire value chain from emission free energy sources to industrial demand in the region and intercontinentally”.

 

Paddy Padmanathan, President & CEO of ACWA Power says: „We welcome thyssenkrupp as a fellow shareholder and prominent supporter of Dii. In the past, we have highly appreciated industry representation from Europe, in particular from Germany, in the governance of Dii’s well represented industry group. We are, thus, very happy that this tradition will be continued.”

 

About Dii Desert Energy:

Dii Desert Energy was launched in 2009 as an industrial initiative in Germany (initially under the name 'Desertec Industrial Initiative') to explore the potential of renewable energy in the desert areas of North Africa and the Middle East (MENA region = Middle East North Africa), to improve market conditions and to exploit synergies by connecting the European and MENA electricity markets. At that time, the 'Desertec vision' focused mainly on electricity from deserts for Europe. In 2015 the focus was directed to the energy transition in the first place in the MENA Region itself.  In recent years, Dii’s approach has evolved to both 'green electrons' and 'green molecules' along the value chain from source, transport and storage to the demand side, for the own region and eventually for export of emission free energy into the world markets.

 

About thyssenkrupp:

thyssenkrupp is a diversified group of companies with several business units and global footprint.  thyssenkrupp’s Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. The portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for sustainable chemicals. thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers offers world-leading technologies for high-efficiency electrolysis plants. The company has already successfully installed more than 600 projects and electrochemical plants worldwide, with a total capacity of over 10 gigawatts. With its water electrolysis technology for the production of green hydrogen, they offer an innovative solution for industrial-scale applications. This way, thyssenkrupp business units cover the entire value chain for green chemicals, from hydrogen to ammonia, methanol and synthetic natural gas – a major step towards a climate-neutral industry.

 

[1] Disclaimer: Subject to final approval by the relevant authorities, thyssenkrupp would become Dii shareholder by December 2021/January 2022.

Dii Desert Energy press contact:

Lutz Cleffmann
ECCO Düsseldorf
EC Public Relations GmbH
Phone: +49 211 23 94 49-21
Email: lutz.cleffmann@ecco-duesseldorf.de

 

thyssenkrupp press contacts:

Katharina Immoor 
Green hydrogen, thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers
Phone: +49 231 547 2863 
Email: katharina.immoor@thyssenkrupp.com

 

Christian Dill
Green ammonia, Business Unit Uhde
Phone: +49 231 547 3334 
Email: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

 

To the press release
10/7/21

Expansion to 5 gigawatts of annual production capacity: thyssenkrupp represented in all three BMBF hydrogen lead projects

To the press release
10/6/21

Re-using depleted mines for energy storage: thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa wins study and signs an agreement with Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden AB

  • Storage of renewable energy at low cost with high efficiency

  • Pre-feasibility study for a project together with Wismut GmbH

thyssenkrupp Uhde Africa together with Wismut GmbH has been appointed to execute a pre-feasibility for study for a “Renewable Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage” (RUPHES) project on a specific site with a South African mining company. thyssenkrupp Uhde South Africa is collaborating with international specialist companies to facilitate mine repurposing.  Already last year thyssenkrupp Uhde had signed a cooperation agreement with mining rehabilitation specialist Wismut GmbH in Germany.  The international cooperation was now recently expanded by an agreement with Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden AB. 

With the increase in renewable energy generation there is an increased need for energy storage.  Renewable Underground Pumped Hydroelectric Energy Storage (RUPHES) in repurposed mines – coupled with solar and wind power – can reliably provide green energy when it is needed.  Repurposing of depleted gold mines for RUPHES enables short construction schedules and significantly reduced costs. The main reason: Gold mining has already created the underground water storage reservoirs that commonly are the mostly costly components of pumped hydro plants. They just have to be adapted to their new purpose.

This is exactly what Pumped Hydro Storage Sweden does. It is part of the company Sustainable Energy Solutions and is currently developing a 2 MW / 8 MWh underground pumped energy storage project in an abandoned iron mine in Aland, Finland.  The project has the support of both the European Commission and Swedish Energy Agency, and they are looking to commission the project in December 2023.  This project demonstrates the reduced construction schedules and costs associated with utilizing mine tunnels for pumped energy storage as did a similar project at the Kidston gold mine in Australia.

Well-proven, cost-competitive solution serving a major trend in Africa

As probably the most mature energy storage technology currently available, pumped hydro accounts for 97% of the global storage capacity.  Exceptionally high hydraulic heads and stable hard rock geology render ultra-deep gold mines ideal for implementing the concept, and for producing internationally cost-competitive, reliable green electricity as well as green hydrogen and green ammonia. Just for comparison: In June 2021, a South African gold mining company announced that they are able to produce electricity from solar power at USD 1.1c/kWh.  This pricing is nearly on par with the best international solar pricing USD 1.04c/kWh, achieved in competitive bidding in Saudi Arabia.  The fact that South Africa has world-class solar and wind resources is gaining traction in both government and industry, and the fact that it is cheaper to provide electricity from South African renewables than it is to provide power by importing foreign gas.  

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals. www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com

 About Wismut GmbH:

Wismut GmbH was established in 1991 to remediate uranium-mining sites in southeast Germany left behind by the SDAG Wismut as world’s largest single uranium producer during the cold war. Fully owned by the Federal Government of Germany Wismut GmbH to date has spent close to €7bn on one of the world’s largest and most complex remediation programmes. As a leader in the field with projects across the globe, Wismut increasingly focuses on developing innovative and sustainable solutions to mine closure and post-closure development and remediation. For more information visit: www.wismut.de.

 

 

Contact:

thyssenkrupp Uhde
Christian Dill
Communications Manager 
Phone: +49 231 547 3334 
E-mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

 

Wismut GmbH
Frank Wolf
Head of Public Relations
Phone: +49 (0) 371 8120-150
E-mail: info@wismut.de

To the press release
8/9/21

thyssenkrupp supports Emirati company Helios Industry in green hydrogen and green ammonia value chain development

  • thyssenkrupp technology and study know-how for first green hydrogen and green ammonia project in Abu Dhabi

  • Helios to operate the first green ammonia plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

thyssenkrupp has been awarded a contract to perform a technical study for a new green hydrogen and green ammonia project by the Emirati company Helios. A water electrolysis plant as well as a facility for sustainable ammonia production are planned to be constructed at Kizad in Abu Dhabi, UAE, based on thyssenkrupp technology. It will be the first commercial plant to produce CO2-free green ammonia from renewable resources in the UAE.

The planned facility will integrate thyssenkrupp’s green hydrogen and green ammonia technologies with the first phase set to incorporate a multi-megawatt electrolyzer plant and an ammonia production facility with a capacity of 20,000 tonnes per annum with a next step to increase this to 200,000 tonnes per annum.

M. K. Saiyed, Managing Director of Helios: “This project is another important milestone for in the UAE’s shift to a lower carbon renewable energy future. The new facility will produce green ammonia which is an energy carrier that enables easy transportation of renewable energy e.g. via ship. It can also be used as emission-free transport fuel and in the fertiliser and chemical industries.”

Sami Pelkonen, CEO of thyssenkrupp’s Uhde business unit: “We are very excited to work together with Helios to support the UAE on its way into a sustainable future. In doing so, we are building both on our innovative technology solutions as well as on thyssenkrupp’s regional and local footprint and long heritage as a partner to the region.”

Integrated technology solutions for a CO2-free, sustainable future

 In today’s changing electricity landscape, moving towards renewable energy sources, there is a strong need for technologies for energy storage, grid balancing and cross-sector integration – not only for electrical applications but also for transportation, heating, and the chemical industry. As a specialist in chemical plant engineering and construction, thyssenkrupp is able to offer various integrated solutions based on its water electrolysis technology. This includes for example processes for the production of sustainable ammonia, methanol and synthetic natural gas (SNG).

About Helios Industry

Helios Industry, a privately-owned special project vehicle company (SPV), plans to invest over AED3.67 billion (USD1 billion) in the construction of the facility over several years, which it aims to develop with local and international partners in two phases and is projected to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia from 40,000 tonnes of green hydrogen. The Helios facility located in Kizad, will be powered by a dedicated 800-megawatt solar power plant within Kizad. The plant will use solar power to electrolyse water and split molecules into Hydrogen and Oxygen. At peak capacity, 40,000 tonnes of the green hydrogen released in this process will be used to produce 200,000 tonnes of green ammonia.

For more information visit: www.heliosindustry.com

Press contacts:

Katharina Immoor
thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers
Communications green hydrogen
Phone: +49 231 547 2863 
Email: katharina.immoor@thyssenkrupp.com

Christian Dill
thyssenkrupp Uhde
Communications green ammonia
Phone: +49 231 547 3334 
Email: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

Adel Hafiz Haloub
Helios Industry
Business development manager
Phone: +971 50 167 9665
Email: adel.hafiz@heliosindustry.com

To the press release
7/15/21

Low-emission urea granulation: thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology and Abu Qir Fertilizers sign contract

  • UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation technology increases capacity

  • Proprietary scrubbing system minimizes emissions and operating cost

thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology, a subsidiary of thyssenkrupp Uhde, has signed a contract with Abu Qir Fertilizers Co., for the revamp of their Abu Qir 3 urea granulation plant in Alexandria, Egypt. For the revamped plant, which is planned to be operating at 100% capacity in 2025, thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology will supply the license, the Process Design Package and proprietary equipment. The UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation will increase the nameplate capacity from 2,000mtpd of Urea granules to 2,500mtpd and more. The proprietary horizontal cross flow scrubbing system minimizes urea dust and ammonia emissions. This is achieved by appropriate handling of the exhaust streams from the urea granulation plant and from the urea synthesis plant.

Saad Ibrahim Abu El-Maati Hassan, Chairman and Managing Director of Abu Qir Fertilizers: “With this expansion, Abu Qir Fertilizers will reinforce its position as a leading nitrogen fertilizer producer in Egypt. We chose thyssenkrupp again to use the most up-to-date technology. Their state of the art process and know-how give a significant boost to our plant capacity while simultaneously lowering the power consumption per produced ton of granular urea and reducing direct emissions at the same time.”

Dr. Matthias Potthoff, Managing Director of thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology: “We are glad for the continued trust of our customer in our proven solutions. Our UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation helps to increase productivity and to meet strict environmental standards, which becomes more and more important in the global fertilizer industry to make the plants and production future proof.”

Abu Qir Fertilizer Company, established near Abu Qir Bay 20km east of Alexandria in 1976, became one of the largest producers of nitrogenous fertilizers in the Middle East. Following a long lasting business relationship with thyssenkrupp Uhde, which built all Abu Qir plants, the Abu Qir 3 urea granulation plant was designed in 1996 for a nameplate capacity of 2,000mtpd. The revamped plant will be capable to produce 2,500mtpd of granulated urea and have an inbuilt design margin to even reach 2,750mtpd.

thyssenkrupp Fertilizer Technology is owner of the benchmark-setting UFT® Fluid Bed Granulation technology, which has a market share of over 70% related to installed urea granulation capacity. The company is part of thyssenkrupp Uhde and a global licensor of their proprietary technologies, supporting the whole fertilizer industry.

About thyssenkrupp Uhde:

thyssenkrupp Uhde combines unique technological expertise and decades of global experience in the engineering, procurement, construction and service of chemical plants. We develop innovative processes and products for a more sustainable future and thus contribute to the long-term success of our customers in almost all areas of the chemical industry. Our portfolio includes leading technologies for the production of basic chemicals, fertilizers and polymers as well as complete value-chains for green hydrogen and sustainable chemicals.

Contact:

thyssenkrupp Uhde

Christian Dill

Communications Manager

Tel.: +49 231 547 3334

E-Mail: christian.dill@thyssenkrupp.com

https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com

https://www.thyssenkrupp-industrial-solutions.com/thyssenkrupp-fertilizer-technology/en/home/

Celebrating 100 years of thyssenkrupp Uhde: www.uhde100.com

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