#GreenJobs - Automation in green hydrogen production
Our experts at thyssenkrupp work every day to make our Group and the economy a little greener. One of these experts is Ismail Mohamed, an instrumentation and automation engineer at thyssenkrupp nucera. Since the beginning of 2022, he has been using automation systems to make hydrogen production more efficient.
Ismail Mohamed has been working as an instrumentation and automation engineer at thyssenkrupp nucera in Dortmund since the beginning of 2022. His tasks include the development and commissioning of automation systems. His work aims to ensure that the water electrolysis plants for the production of green hydrogen operate automatically in the future. "To achieve our goal, various measuring points have to be recorded and different production flows regulated," says the expert.
"I would call my job a #GreenJob because my work contributes to improving energy and raw material efficiency in our production chain," says Ismail. With efficient automation concepts for the production of green hydrogen, Ismail and his colleagues are helping to drive forward the energy transition. With its modular water electrolysis plants, thyssenkrupp nucera is already one of the pioneers among suppliers of green hydrogen - i.e. hydrogen produced using renewable energy.
Water electrolysis plants on an industrial scale
At the heart of the company's water electrolysis plants, which operates around the globe, are the standardized 20-megawatt modules for alkaline water electrolysis plants (AWE) "With the cells in our 20-megawatt plants, customers can operate at much higher current densities and ensure higher efficiency than with conventional AWE cells. At the same time, the modular design enables enormous space savings," Ismail explains. Due to their modular design the prefabricated AWE units are easily transported, installed, and interconnected. This allows them to achieve the desired plant capacity of up to several 100 megawatts, or even gigawatts. This makes thyssenkrupp nucera's plants a cost-efficient and space-saving solution for producing green hydrogen on an industrial scale. In this way, we can enable a nationwide supply of green hydrogen, which is a great opportunity for a more sustainable industry.
Green hydrogen as an opportunity for a sustainable industry
"Green hydrogen can be used primarily as an energy carrier for industry. However, it can also be used in private households. Hydrogen can in fact transport energy from renewable sources such as wind power, for example, if it is converted into a carrier such as ammonia. Hydrogen can also be used in fuel cells to power electric vehicles and electronic devices, for example," says the engineer, describing the versatility of green hydrogen. With its many different applications, it offers a great opportunity for a successful energy transition.
More than 50 years of experience in electrolysis plant construction
With more than 50 years of experience in electrolysis plant construction, thyssenkrupp nucera has a solid foundation and a positive record regarding the durability and quality of electrolysis plants. "That's why we, at thyssenkrupp nucera, can look to the market with confidence and approach the challenge of providing green hydrogen for the industry and energy supply of today and tomorrow," says Ismail.
Sustainability in focus at thyssenkrupp
Sustainability is an important issue at thyssenkrupp and one that we do a lot to promote. We wanted to know what sustainability means to Ismail Mohamed personally and how important the topic is within the company: "For me, sustainability means not only looking after our own well-being but also that of future generations and the planet as a whole. I try to use all resources as sparingly as possible so that they will also be available to other generations’ in the future in sufficient quantity and quality."
For thyssenkrupp nucera, sustainability is a key corporate objective and a driving factor in the development of the electrolysis specialist. The highly efficient water electrolysis plants, for example, are an important prerequisite for helping customers throughout the industry transform their processes to become green.
"We are one of the pioneers in the industry worldwide with our green hydrogen production technology. With our water electrolysis plants, we are making an important contribution to reducing the carbon footprint of companies and thus decarbonizing industry," says Ismail. One possible future scenario for thyssenkrupp nucera is to work together with other industrial companies and energy suppliers on the expansion of a sustainable hydrogen economy at locations with ideal production, transport and off-take conditions.
The expert advises interested young professionals who can imagine a career at thyssenkrupp nucera to apply. "Especially for young professionals who are curious and interested in new technologies and want to work in a dynamic and international environment, thyssenkrupp nucera is the right employer for you!
If you want to learn more about sustainability at thyssenkrupp, check out our Sustainability Stories. If you want to work on innovative and sustainable electrolysis technologies yourself, check out the thyssenkrupp nucera career page and become part of our team!