Work completes on world’s largest electrolyser production facility

Dr Graham Cooley

Clean fuel and energy storage business, ITM Power, says manufacturing of electrolysers has started at its first “Gigafactory” at Bessemer Park in Sheffield.

The fit out of the 1GW (1,000MW) per annum facility has now reached practical completion, having suffered only a minor delay due to the pandemic.

ITM Power’s completed fit out includes an expansion of the existing offices, enlargement of the stack manufacturing and production areas and a dedicated space for factory acceptance testing of products.

The Gigafactory houses a 24-hour remote and technical monitoring centre which will support ITM Power’s after-sales service proposition, along with a Marketing centre, Technology centre and component stores.

The site, just off J34 of the M1 in Sheffield will welcome visitors in the near future, with the creation of a conferencing facility, as well as a Hydrogen Academy to support the training of apprentices, local engineers and customers.

Graham Cooley, ITM Power CEO, said: “We have made solid progress over the last few months in operations as we gear up for the step change in manufacturing volumes enabled by our move into the world’s largest electrolyser production facility.

“Designing the factory and the manufacturing processes, followed by the fit out, has been a two and half year journey, which has produced a blueprint for additional Gigafactories when justified by order volumes. 

“We are pleased and proud to be in our new home.”

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