Topsoe Accelerates Global Green Hydrogen Economy with AVEVA Software

27 June 2023

AVEVA, a global leader in industrial software, driving digital transformation and sustainability, has been selected by Topsoe, a leader in carbon emission reduction technologies, helping fast-track development of the decarbonization solutions needed for the production green hydrogen and other carbon neutral fuels. Topsoe will use AVEVA Process Simulation to model its Solid Oxide Electrolyzer Cells (SOECs) with a view to optimizing their design and developing their control strategy.

To achieve global NetZero targets, a rapid decarbonization of all industries is essential, however not all of them can be easily electrified. These industries are often referred to as the hard-to-abate sectors and include heavy transportation such as shipping and aviation but also carbon intensive industries like steel manufacturing and petrochemical production. The challenge is finding and replacing fossil fuels with carbon-free alternatives. This is where Topsoe can help, and by using Topsoe’s highly efficient SOEC based electrolyzers, it’s possible to produce the green hydrogen needed to decarbonize many of these carbon intensive industries. Time is of the essence, and with its flexibility, open modeling, and ease of use, AVEVA Process Simulation1 is helping accelerate the energy transition by enabling Topsoe’s engineers to design and optimize their electrolyzers with increased speed and efficiency.

Poul Georg Moses, Chief Technology Officer in Power-to-X at Topsoe, said: "Green hydrogen is essential for decarbonizing industries that cannot be easily electrified, and there is no time to waste if we’re to succeed in achieving global NetZero targets. Topsoe is already leading the way by building the world’s largest SOEC electrolyzer manufacturing facility, enabling us to deliver green hydrogen technologies Power-to-X solutions2 at industrial scale. The AVEVA Process Simulation software is a gamechanger for us, with its dynamic simulations we’re removing bottlenecks and speeding up the development of our solutions.”

Tobias Scheele, Senior Vice President of Products at AVEVA, said: “We are pleased to expand our deep relationship with Topsoe as the Power-to-X industry develops. The successful energy transition will depend on how quickly industries can deliver low-carbon solutions at scale. We designed AVEVA Process Simulation to accelerate the engineering cycle, so innovations can be executed fast and deliver immediate carbon reductions."

Topsoe is a long-term AVEVA customer, using AVEVA PRO/ll Simulation (formerly PRO/ll) and AVEVA Dynamic Simulation (formerly DYNSIM) for decades. The Denmark-headquartered company is now adopting AVEVA Process Simulation so its engineers can design sustainable solutions as the global push towards net-zero emissions spurs demand for green energy products.

Lisa Wee, Global Head of Sustainability at AVEVA, said: “AVEVA is committed to partnering with our customers to deliver a more sustainable and equitable future for all through technology. We recognize that the choices and actions taken in this decade by global industry will have impacts now and for generations to come. We are excited to be able to help accelerate the energy transition through the combination of our software and Topsoe’s innovative technology.”

As of 2021, global electrolyzer manufacturing capacity is insufficient to meet net-zero requirements, according to the International Energy Agency. At present alkaline and proton exchange membrane electrolyzers account for the majority of production, with less than 0.1% of today’s hydrogen produced through electrolysis. As renewable energy becomes increasingly available at lower costs, Topsoe’s ultra-high-efficiency SOEC electrolyzers help maximize the delivery of clean hydrogen: the units deliver up to 30% more hydrogen from the same electricity volume at a 30% lower cost.

1 AVEVA Process Simulation is software that allows user to design and optimize equipment, processes and plant while putting sustainbility at the cetre of process engineering.Lifecycle simulation delivers value throughout capital project engineering and operations from a single, integrated model.

2 Power-to-X is an umbrella term, covering various processes that turn electricity into heat, hydrogen, or synthetic fuels. In this specific example, the process is using electrolysis to split water into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity.

 

Source:aveva.com