OYSTER project – key next steps

Phase 1: OYSTER Shoreside electrolyser trial

Within the 1st phase which is the OYSTER project the project will follow the following steps.

Research & development

From beginning of 2021 to mid-2022

1.  Develop an electrolyser system capable of operating reliably in an offshore environment

2. Demonstrate that the marinized electrolyser can meet or exceed the cost and performance targets compared to the state of the art

3. Develop a comprehensive test programme for validating the performance of the system in a pilot trial and certifying the electrolyser for offshore operation

Pilot demonstration

From mid-2022 to mid-2024

4. Deploy and test a new megawatt-scale (MW) electrolyser for 18 months

5. Complete a design exercise of an integrated offshore wind turbine-electrolysis (IOWTE) module, based on the pilot trial and insights from expert partners in the offshore oil and gas sector

Planning & design for further roll-out

From mid-2023 to end 2024

6. Undertake a pre-FEED study for a specific offshore wind site, linked to an existing industrial hydrogen customer

7. Formulate business cases for further deployment of large-scale electrolysis systems in offshore environments

8. Disseminate projects results to a targeted audience of policy makers, industry participants, and potential end users of renewable hydrogen in a range of regions across Europe.

This project has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (now Clean Hydrogen Partnership) under Grant Agreement No 101006751. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research

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