Driven by the opportunities arising from the energy transition and decarbonization trends, Bekaert accelerates its growth strategy in renewable energy markets, particularly in green hydrogen production.
As part of this strategy, Bekaert today announces the investments it is making in Belgium, to expand its manufacturing and research capacity in electrolysis technologies for green hydrogen production. These investments include:
- A new manufacturing plant in Wetteren, Belgium
Bekaert has established a market leading position in porous transport layers (PTL) for electrolysis technologies with the brand name Currento®. The new plant will more than double Bekaert’s total PTL capacity to over 2 GW. This investment is part of a larger, multiple GW capacity expansion program that is being implemented in support of customers and the broader energy transition towards a global hydrogen economy.
- A hydrogen lab in Deerlijk, Belgium
Bekaert is also creating a dedicated hydrogen laboratory at the Bekaert Technology Center in Deerlijk, Belgium, to innovate and develop the next generation of solutions and products for green hydrogen production .
‘Bekaert is committed to developing green and sustainable solutions for customers, with a particular focus on improving the performance of key components necessary for the electrolysis needs of the future’, said Edouard de Masson d'Autume, VP Hydrogen at Bekaert. ‘We have been pioneers with PTL for PEM electrolysis for over 20 years and continue to leverage our expertise to accelerate and scale up innovations in this rapidly expanding market.’