German National Hydrogen Strategy – Overview and Q&A
A group of German companies announced the start of construction of the first publicly available hydrogen supply network for industrial and private needs.
Germany’s largest energy company, RWE, teamed up with oil company BP, chemical company Evonik and national gas operators to build the 130-kilometer GET H2 pipeline. The highway will be laid in the north-west of the country to supply industrial enterprises in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia.
Commissioning is planned for 2022, but the connection will be carried out only on condition of economic feasibility. According to the announcement, the network will also be available to third parties at transparent prices..
Initially pure hydrogen will be supplied by the Lingen electrolysis plant with a capacity of 100 MW. Additional tanks will be installed along the pipeline to ensure the stability and security of supplies in the event of a plant interruption.
The project is being implemented within the framework of Germany’s strategic program for reducing the use of carbon fuels and converting industry to clean energy sources. However, the government abandoned the idea of using hydrogen for heating due to too high losses in the conversion process and the availability of more efficient alternatives..
text: Ilya Bauer, photo: Bilder Bild, layout: OGE