Finally, recommendations for action are formulated, which support a reasonable and economic development of a hydrogen network in Central Germany and classify possible generation and application cases in the funding context.
During the feasibility study, an intensive, constructive multi- and bilateral exchange took place with the project group, the participating grid operators - at distribution and transmission level - and industrial companies. As a result of this project, these exchanges led to a much more comprehensive and interconnected hydrogen network, which provides additional supply security. The individual parts of the planned hydrogen network can be planned, built as well as converted in parallel - also in parallel to import pipeline/support projects. In the process, regional hydrogen clusters and individual storage options can be created, which over time will be combined into an overall network, thus expanding supply security.
The feasibility study shows that a majority of the stakeholders involved demand and require Green Hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources. For the stakeholders, green hydrogen is the key to driving forward the defossilization of production, processes and other application areas. What is needed is a powerful infrastructure that builds on existing structures. This project outlines an energy system vision for the Central German region and develops a concept for the required infrastructure, taking into account generation potential, demand, import volumes, and existing gas infrastructure.
The realization of a hydrogen network is the starting point for a comprehensive defossilization of the public gas supply in the region and for the transformation of energy and material applications. The developed hydrogen network is the basis for a future joint further development of the hydrogen infrastructure in Central Germany. Coordinated infrastructure planning is essential, as hydrogen networks are developed in a very dynamic market environment. The next step is to develop a holistic approach for the supply of industry, commerce/trade/services and households as well as a role model for the network users.
Due to the overwhelming interest, HYPOS is working together with the Metropolitan Region of Central Germany, the DBI Group and Infracon GmbH & Co. KG already on the Hydrogen Network Study 2.0 with regional expansion in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia.
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