Hynion and OKG Expands Domestic and Global Hydrogen Sector 

After the news of two key partnerships, Sweden’s hydrogen industry has gained major traction both domestically and across Europe. Within the borders, a strategic partnership between ‘Hynion’ and ‘OKG’ means hydrogen fuel will be available throughout the country.

Added to this, ‘Metacon’ and ‘Siemens’ have joined to accelerate the production of Swedish green hydrogen for the European market. Both advancements show that Sweden’s hydrogen economy is on an upward trajectory.

Hynion signs agreement with OKG for hydrogen supply

‘OKG’ (owned by energy group ‘Uniper’) has signed an agreement with ‘Hynion’ for the delivery of hydrogen from its Oskarshamn-based hydrogen plant. Hynion is a company which specialises in hydrogen refuelling stations throughout Sweden.

This partnership will increase the availability of hydrogen and prepare for increasing hydrogen-powered traffic in not only Sweden but wider Scandinavia.

The partnership represents a crucial part of Hynion’s strategy to reduce dependence on individual suppliers.

The hydrogen that Hynion will use is produced at OKG’s nuclear power plant, where Oskarshamn 3 (O3), one of the world’s largest boiling water reactors, generated 9.2 TWh of carbon-free electricity in 2023, equivalent to 6.8 % of Sweden’s total electricity consumption.

Slavica Djuric, CEO of Hynion commented, “We are very grateful for this collaboration. We need stable producers who, together with us at Hynion, want to contribute to the energy transition and a carbon-free future. The hydrogen delivery from OKG is an important step to secure the supply of hydrogen at our stations.”

Johan Lundberg, CEO of OKG added, “It is fantastic that the surplus production we sell can help Hynion with hydrogen for their refuelling stations so that together we can help reduce carbon dioxide emissions.”

Siemens and Metacon create hydrogen technology partnership 

‘Metacon’ (A Swedish manufacturer of green hydrogen) and German technology company, ‘Siemens’ have signed a MoU (memorandum of understanding) to enter a partnership to accelerate the manufacture of hydrogen within Sweden for the European Market.

In accordance with the MoU, Siemens will provide technology to Metacon to help and add to their experience in delivering products, services and solutions in automation, power distribution, electrification, instrumentation and building technology. Siemens will also help optimise software and digital services during both the manufacturing and operational phases of their hydrogen production.

“Metacon has big plans for the investment in the manufacture and sale of large-scale electrolysis plants to, among others, the basic industry, the wind power sector and the transport sector in Europe. I have difficulty imagining a better partner on such a journey than Siemens. With it’s world-leading portfolio of technology, expertise and long-standing experience of similar projects, this partnership allows us to both accelerate and optimize central parts of our unique Gigafactory project” commented Christer Wikner, CEO and President of Metacon.

Metacon has exclusive rights to the manufacture of complete electrolysis plants based on pressurised alkaline electrolysis stacks owned by their Chinese partner, ‘PERIC’.  Metacon explained that one of the key components of the technology are the 5 MW modules which have over 10 years of operating data. The company also have access to PERICS’ newly launched 10 MW module. in reference to this, Metacon noted,

“The rights apply to most European countries and mean that Metacon can start from a proven technology that has been developed and refined over 60 years, and make the adaptations needed to match the requirements for safety and automation found in European standards for hydrogen production.”

With the exclusive right, Metacon now aims to become one of the market leaders in Europe for these types of large-scale hydrogen plants

In regard to the partnership between Siemens and Metacon, Mikael Kraft, Head of Factory Automation and Sales at Siemens said,

“Hydrogen is an important piece of the puzzle in the industrial, energy and transport sectors to become CO2 neutral, and is the focus of Siemens’ global investment in Power-to-X. The partnership with Metacon marks a milestone in our quest to create a more sustainable world by, among other things, developing innovative solutions for the energy sector.”

These two partnerships signify a major step forward in the nation’s journey towards sustainable energy. Sweden is poised to become a force within the hydrogen sector and lead Europe towards a greener future.

By Sonny Riddell