NEA Group starts cooperation in Foshan, China

By Keefe Borden30 September 2021

A pilot project will include an integrated electrolysis-compressor plant designed and connected to renewable energy sources.

Neuman & Esser Group has established a partnership with Shunde Polytechnical Technical College in Foshan, China to develop and implement technologies for decarbonization in Guangdong Province, China. The German-based compressor and energy technology company will help build the Guangdong-Aachen Green Energy Center for decarbonization in South China by the end of 2022.

In addition, a pilot project between NEA Group and Shunde Polytechnic will start later this year. The project will include an integrated electrolysis-compressor plant designed and connected to renewable energy sources. The hydrogen produced will power existing hydrogen vehicles in Foshan as well as be used to decarbonize local industries.

“The objective of the center is to develop and implement technologies for decarbonization of industries and applications in Guangdong Province,” said Prof. Wei Xia, president of Shunde Polytechnic. NEA Group will advise industries along the hydrogen value chain, from production, transport and storage to application, the company said.

The center comprises three modules. Module 1 focuses on partnerships and cooperations. The center will serve as a platform where companies can network to create close partnerships and collaborations for projects.

The second module includes the consulting and project development services required for large-scale hydrogen technology implementation projects. The center provides companies from different sectors -- the energy sector, logistics sector or mobility sector, for example -- an ideal environment for joint planning and execution of projects. The final module comprises seminars and conferences, where new approaches and solutions from the hydrogen economy are presented and discussed.

“With the ‘Guangdong-Aachen Green Energy Center’, the Neuman & Esser Group aims to build up a close and international partner network. With this, projects can then be designed and implemented in Guangdong. In addition, we can further expand our position as a hydrogen expert in Asia-Pacific,” said Alexander Peters, managing partner of NEA Group.

To position as a solution provider with upstream and downstream processes along the H2 value chain NEA Group founded the NEA energy division. This currently comprises five companies: NEA Green helps customers with the decarbonization of their energy or industrial systems, and on decentralized applications. ARCANUM is a solution provider for the entire process chain from the biogas plant through biogas processing to grid feed-in, including the further processing of biomethane to green hydrogen.

Hytron is NEA’s solution provider in the fields of engineering and system integration for PEM and alkaline electrolyzers as well as natural gas and ethanol reformers. Alternative Energy Driven Solutions (AE DS) is a 50% stake of NEA, developing mobility concepts based on a CO2-neutral charging and supply infrastructure.

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