Saxony-Anhalt is a pioneer when it comes to building a green hydrogen economy. Numerous innovative ideas have already grown into beacons here. For example, how green hydrogen could be produced and used economically on an industrial scale, or how hydrogen could be stored safely.
Saxony-Anhalt offers good starting conditions for the development of a forward-looking hydrogen economy. As a traditional chemical site, the state has many years of experience with hydrogen utilization in the Central German Chemical Triangle.
The government of Saxony-Anhalt is currently preparing a hydrogen strategy for the state. The goal is to develop an electrolysis capacity of 1,000 megawatts here by 2030. To achieve this, additional wind and solar energy facilities with a power output of 5,000 megawatts are needed. From 2040 onward, Saxony-Anhalt plans to cover its hydrogen requirements from its own resources. The hydrogen will be produced in large industrial plants that are connected to national and international grids.
In Saxony-Anhalt, researchers are working on new technologies for sustainable hydrogen production, and innovative projects for the production of regenerative hydrogen are on their way. Saxony-Anhalt is well on its way to becoming the model region for Green Hydrogen in Germany. A stated goal is the development and hydrogen scaling of new electrolysis systems that advance the economic viability using renewable energies on a large industrial scale. Examples of research on this topic include the ELP electrolysis test and trial platform at the Leuna chemical site, which is a collaboration between the Fraunhofer Center for Chemical-Biotechnological Processes CBP in Leuna and the Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems IWES in Halle (Saale) (formerly affiliated as a topic in the Fraunhofer IMWS). In addition, the Linde company plans to start the world's largest hydrogen electrolyzer in Leuna in 2022.
The transport, distribution and storage of hydrogen for large-scale consumers or households is one of the central needs of the hydrogen economy. Saxony-Anhalt has very good geological and geographical conditions for this, as well as the engineering know-how available in the state. Lighthouses for hydrogen infrastructure have been created in numerous projects dealing with optimal distribution and cost-effective supply. For example, the ideal composition of hydrogen pipelines is being tested in Saxony-Anhalt. And the world's first underground hydrogen storage facility is being built here.
With two lighthouse projects, HYPOS is contributing to the establishment of a model region for hydrogen in the new federal states. Another 30 projects research for futher innovation potentials of green hydrogen. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research is funding HYPOS within the program "Zwanzig20 – Partnerschaft für Innovation" with 45 million Euro. www.hypos-eastgermany.de
The hydrogen research project "HYPOS:H2-Netz" is to carry out technical, economic and ecological research into hydrogen infrastructures and the distribution and use of the energy carrier in a real test field of around 12,000 m2 at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen Chemical Park in Saxony-Anhalt. The H2 Research Cavern project in Bad Lauchstädt (Saxony-Anhalt) is the first to test underground storage of green hydrogen from renewable energies. Both projects are part of the HYPOS initiative.
further success stories
The potential applications of hydrogen are many and varied. Here in Saxony-Anhalt, not only the test stands for the development of fuel cells are produced. A wide range of development and practical projects are already located here, ranging from New Mobility up to the use of Green Hydrogen as an energy carrier for industry, commerce or residential buildings.
The latest batteries and energy management systems are key requirements for the mobility of the future. Analyses of their service life, performance, degradation and cycle stability form part of the tests completed by HORIBA FuelCon GmbH.
With test benches for AIRBUS, Audi, BMW, BOEING and other OEMs, the company is a leading manufacturer. Its products range from small cell test benches, large fuel cell systems, to large battery packs that are used as a traction battery for motor vehicles. HORIBA FuelCon GmbH has been an expert in the area of high-performance solutions for several years. On the basis of test parameters of -40 °C to 120 °C on battery test benches and the TrueData impedance analysis unit, the determination of precision measurement data is possible.
other success stories
Saxony-Anhalt has diverse research and development competencies in the field of hydrogen and hydrogen technologies.