More than half a billion euros in funding for hydrogen projects in Hamburg

The German Ministry of Economics and Technology and the German Ministry of Transport presented 62 large-scale hydrogen projects including 12 in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region that are to receive government funding under the so-called Hydrogen Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI), reports Hamburg News.

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is particularly suitable for developing a green hydrogen sector and will offer a complete hydrogen ecosystem with short distances near the Port of Hamburg in future, according to OECD. The decision offers an opportunity to shape Hamburg’s future as an industrial, port-lying centre based on a green hydrogen sector.

Projects in Hamburg will receive more than EUR500,000,000 and the City will be included in advance joint funding set at 30%.

Mayor of Hamburg Peter Tschentscher said: “Hydrogen is the main carrier of the energy transition. Produced from renewable energies, it can replace coal, crude oil and natural gas. Decarbonization in industry and the economy can gain momentum via the inclusion of Hamburg’s projects in the IPCEI program”.

Apart from projects focusing on metallurgy, aviation and ports, the selected projects include Gasnetz Hamburg GmbH’s HH-WIN project with an approximately 60-kilometre pure hydrogen network, which will supplement infrastructure in neighbouring German states such as the HyPerLink project and boost the grid in the city itself. The conversion of the Moorburg coal-fired power plant into a key hydrogen site is an important part of this network. Shell, Vattenfall, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the municipal Wärme Hamburg GmbH plan to use a scalable large-scale electrolyser with 100+ MW capacity there, reports Hamburg News.

Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics, commented: “The projects selected for funding in Hamburg’s joint application take a collaborative approach, develop hand-in-hand approaches to solutions for the ecological, economic and industrial policy challenges in the Port of Hamburg – and are linked to a supra-regional north German hydrogen network.” The funding will transform Hamburg and northern Germany into a European nucleus of hydrogen and ramp-up of a modern hydrogen sector thereby strengthening pan-European economic clout. “Hamburg represents the entire value chain for this and can become a blueprint for many international regions, ” he added.

Jens Kerstan, Senator for the Environment said: “This decision is a huge success for Hamburg. The senate, urban companies and industry recognized the opportunities early on and planned projects. Their efforts are now paying off”.

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