Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub

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Hamburg Moorburg has something. Something that other sites don't have. Where coal delivered energy yesterday, in the near future, green hydrogen will be produced from renewable energy sources and therefore energy for mobility, heat, process gas or natural gas replacement. Because here, in the heart of the port of Hamburg, we use wind and solar power to split water into hydrogen and oxygen in a large electrolyser. The Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub (HGHH) is one of the first projects worldwide to decarbonize an entire port economy. Industry and transport in particular have a high demand for zero-carbon hydrogen energy. If all permits are granted on time, hydrogen production can start in 2025.

All-rounder hydrogen.
How we want to decarbonize industry and mobility in Hamburg.

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Hydrogen as part of the energy transition

Wind does not always blow, and the sun rarely shines at night. Those who rely on renewable energy need a storage solution. The requirements are high: The storage must be able to store long-term, transport energy and be usable in all sectors, such as industry, mobility and energy. No energy carrier is as versatile and flexible as hydrogen. Generated with renewable energy, hydrogen can decarbonize industries and drive clean electric motors. It can be blended with natural gas and fed into the existing grid or processed in a further step towards synthetic natural gas (SNG) - a potential substitute for natural gas in many areas - from mobility to heat for residential buildings to power generation in gas-fired power plants.

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For Hamburg

The energy transition means a complete transformation of the energy system. Our climate targets influence all areas of life. We want to make it the best for Hamburg. Hydrogen technology creates and secures sustainable jobs and new potential for value creation. With the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub we support the energy transition and the transformation of chemicals, industry, heat supply and mobility towards more sustainability in Hamburg and the North. You want to talk to us? We are looking forward to it.

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Europe – Reaching common goals

A successful hydrogen economy can only be built with close European cooperation. This is the only way we can create the necessary infrastructure to serve the major European economies and compete on international markets. By forging alliances, we can make hydrogen a success story. The EU Hydrogen Strategy plans for the use of hydrogen in sectors that are hard to decarbonise through increased energy efficiency and direct electrification. Heavy transport and industry are the key focus points. In order to develop a European hydrogen market, it is particularly important to establish uniform definitions and a trading system for renewable and decarbonised gases. In order to ensure that enough green hydrogen will be available in the long term, the expansion of renewable energy must urgently be further promoted at the European level as well. Offshore wind energy offers a particularly great potential in this context — an area where a joint European approach makes eminent sense.


Green hydrogen for Hamburg

Hydrogen Project in Hamburg on German Government Shortlist

Green hydrogen for Hamburg

100 MW electrolyser project remains on track to receive EU funding The partners of the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub, namely Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and the municipal company Wärme Hamburg can continue to be optimistic about receiving EU funding to implement their plans. The project in Hamburg has been included in the German Federal Ministry of Economics’ shortlist of projects under consideration for funding under the EU's “Important Projects of Common European Interest” (IPCEI) program.

The Partnership

Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) and Hamburger Energiewerke as well as Vattenfall as strategic partner will establish the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site. Here, wind and solar power will become green hydrogen. The plan is to build an electrolyser with a capacity of 100 megawatts and the potential for further expansion. It supplies hydrogen to industries and the port as well as applications in transport in Hamburg and the surrounding area.  

Technology company Mitsubishi Heavy Industries is responsible for planning the electrolyser plantand its technical integration into the hub. 

Energy company Shell has extensive experience in the downstream business, i.e. the supply chain to the customer, and will be particularly attentive to the development of logistics and customer relations. 

Hamburger Energiewerke is a municipal company that supplies around 500,000 residential units in Hamburg with local district heating for heating and hot water. By 2030, the company wants to completely dispense with heat from coal combustion and is relying primarily on the consistent use of existing waste heat from industry, waste water, waste recycling - and in the future from electrolysis. The company supplies a heat output of around 1,800 megawatts through the 850-kilometre-long pipeline system and achieves a heat sales volume of 4,000 gigawatt hours. Its share of the Hamburg heating market is about 22 per cent.  

Vattenfall provides the Moorburg site, including the use of the existing infrastructure and expertise, and supplies the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub with renewable electricity from wind and solar parks.

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