Decarbonisation Technology - February 2023


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Westküste 100: industrial-scale green hydrogen and decarbonisation Source:

initiative at the start of 2020. The goals of the initiative are to make Northern Germany the strongest region for green hydrogen in central Europe and to complete the value chain for green hydrogen. Together, the federal states want to build synergies for communication between the locations. The current ‘OECD-Bericht zur Regionalentwicklung: Metropolregion Hamburg, Deutschland’ started in the autumn of 2020 and confirms that Northern Germany is particularly well suited to developing a green hydrogen economy. The region has unique advantages as a location for producing renewables and a large potential market for purchasing green hydrogen, especially with the local industrial companies. The five federal states share a high level of experience and expertise in sustainable technologies and energies, as well as a high- performance infrastructure. In Germany, pioneers in wind energy have played a major role in shaping technical progress in this area. The expertise gained will be incorporated into the production and commercial use of green hydrogen in close collaboration with partners from industry, science, associations, and politics. Research on hydrogen technologies has been

carried out in the region for 30 years, and initiatives at state level have long established important networks that advance the topic economically, scientifically, and politically. Whether and how the use of this green hydrogen can succeed on an industrial – and economically viable – scale is currently being researched by Raffinerie Heide together with other partners in two innovative, high-profile projects: Westküste 100 and HySCALE100. Westküste 100 With Westküste 100, Raffinerie Heide – in a consortium of 10 partners – launched the first hydrogen project of the Reallabore der Energiewende (real-world laboratories for the energy transition) programme from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in August 2020. The five-year project aims to use renewable energy from photovoltaics, onshore, and offshore wind in Northern Germany to produce green hydrogen to decarbonise heat, transport, and industry, avoiding around one million tonnes of carbon emissions per year. The project will receive funding of €36.5 million from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.


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