Austrian solar energy company Fronius has broken ground on a green hydrogen hub at the SAN Biotech Park, in Herzogenburg, Lower Austria which will become the new SAN Group regional headquarters and global centre for research and development.

The hydrogen hub is designed to run a fleet of vehicles on green hydrogen produced entirely on-site using solar panels.

The Fronius SolHub will incorporate some 1.5 megawatts of photovoltaic panels, around 5000 solar panels, which should be sufficient to produce around 100 kg of clean hydrogen a day, sufficient to power approximately 16 cars or 1,500 km of bus or truck travel. The hydrogen hub will start operation in spring 2022.

The project’s second phase will include construction of the round central office and laboratory building for research and development focusing on agro-biotechnology, sustainable plant protection and veterinary medical products.

The entire project is geared around sustainability. “The central concept of the building is its resource efficiency, be it sustainable building technology, photovoltaic systems, ground heat exchangers, waste heat recovery, or collection of rainwater for operating the sanitary systems,” explains Johann Trauninger, Head of Real Estate Development of SAN Group. Ecological and long-lasting construction materials, 100% LED lighting, and green roof and facades also have a positive effect on the life-cycle assessment of the building.

The project is designed by ARGE SWAP Architektur and will be built by STRABAG as general constructor. The main building will be move-in ready in winter 2023.