The challenging path to a sustainable hydrogen economy
To protect the climate successfully, we need to reduce the percentage of fossil fuels in the energy mix to a minimum and promote the further expansion of renewable energies. Hydrogen is seen as one of the most promising forms of renewable energy. When produced in a climate-neutral way, it can significantly reduce carbon emissions far beyond the electricity sector. In Germany alone, hydrogen generation plants with a total capacity of up to ten gigawatts are to be built by 2030 – and KSB offers cutting-edge solutions for achieving this.
We are putting all our energy into driving hydrogen as an energy source
Hydrogen technology will play a key role in the energy supply of the future because it offers numerous advantages. First, the production of ‘green’ hydrogen using electrolysers is carbon neutral and relatively simple. Electrolysis is the process of passing electricity (in this case from renewable sources such as wind, hydropower or photovoltaics) through water, i.e. H2O, via an anode and cathode in order to split the water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen. The two gases are separated and then processed so they are available for further use. Hydrogen produced in this way can be used in a variety of applications – for example to store energy, produce climate-neutral fuels, power vehicles or as a raw material for use in the steel and chemical industries.
Suitable pumps and valves play a crucial role in the transition to hydrogen. As an experienced manufacturer in the field of industrial and chemical processes, we have a wide range of products and a detailed knowledge of systems engineering, operating modes, materials and energy efficiency.
When it comes to the various technologies for producing green hydrogen, we are perfectly equipped. Our solutions are compatible with all major green hydrogen production technologies – from alkaline electrolysis (AEL) and proton exchange membrane electrolysis (PEM) to future technologies such as anion exchange membrane electrolysis (AEM) or high-temperature electrolysis (HTEL). And of course, as a full-range supplier with comprehensive expertise, we also offer ideal solutions for the production of blue, grey or turquoise hydrogen.
Regardless of which processes are used in the future and which plant size or type of electrolyser proves to be more effective, KSB’s portfolio covers all stages of the hydrogen value chain as well as different power-to-X technologies – from production, transport and storage through to the use of hydrogen.
In addition to research activities and a wide range of funded projects, we are keeping a close eye on emerging hydrogen business models and technologies – all with the aim of developing this technology for a greener future and promoting the advancement of the hydrogen economy. We are committed to creating a more environmentally friendly future together with you. Welcome to the world of green solutions!
All you need to know about hydrogen:
Multistage vertical high-pressure centrifugal pump in ring-section design with suction and discharge nozzles of identical nominal diameters arranged opposite to each other (in-line design), close-coupled. With KSB SuPremE, a magnetless synchronous reluctance motor (exception: motor sizes 0.55 kW / 0.75 kW with 1500 rpm are designed with permanent magnets) of efficiency class IE4/IE5 to IEC TS 60034-30-2:2016, for operation on a KSB PumpDrive 2 or KSB PumpDrive 2 Eco variable speed system without rotor position sensors. Motor mounting points in accordance with EN 50347, envelope dimensions in accordance with DIN V 42673 (07-2011). ATEX-compliant version available.
Horizontal radially split volute casing pump in back pull-out design, with radial impeller, single-entry, single-stage, to DIN EN ISO 5199, dimensions to DIN EN ISO 2858, complemented by nominal diameters DN25 and ≥DN200, in large range of material and seal variants; also available as a variant with "wet" shaft and conical seal chamber. ATEX-compliant version available.
Double-offset butterfly valve with ISO 5211 compliant square shaft end, with plastomer seat (also in fire-safe design), metal seat or elastomer seat (FKM [VITON R] or NBR [nitrile]). Lever or manual gearbox, pneumatic, electric or hydraulic actuator. Body made of nodular cast iron, cast steel, stainless steel or duplex stainless steel (254 SMO). Wafer-type body (T1), full-lug body (T4), T4 suitable for downstream dismantling and dead-end service with counterflange. Connections to EN, ASME or JIS. Fire-safe design tested and certified to API 607. Fugitive emissions performance tested and certified to EN ISO 15848-1. ATEX-compliant version in accordance with Directive 2014/34/EU.
Weir-type diaphragm valve to DIN/EN with flanged ends, threaded socket ends or socket weld ends, in straight-way pattern; shut-off and sealing to atmosphere by supported and confined diaphragm; body with coating or lining, position indicator with integrated stem protection. All moving parts are separated from the fluid by the diaphragm. Maintenance-free.