The partners of the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub, namely Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Vattenfall and the municipal company Wärme Hamburg, believe the odds of receiving EU funding to implement their plans have considerably improved now that the project 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) programme.
The shortlist includes 62 projects from initially around 200 individual projects that applied for funding under the IPCEI program. The HH-WIN project, by the Hamburg gas network, which will provide the pipeline infrastructure for hydrogen transport in Hamburg, is also on the short list.
Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall and municipal company Wärme Hamburg are now planning how they can jointly produce hydrogen from wind and solar power at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant site and utilise it locally. In addition to the construction of a scalable electrolyser with an initial output of 100 MW, the further development of the site into a so-called “Green Energy Hub” is planned. This includes the exploration of the extent to which the existing infrastructure of the Moorburg location can be used for the production of energy from renewable sources. In this context, concepts for the necessary logistics chains and storage options for hydrogen will also be considered. Subject to final investment decision and according to the current state of planning, once the site has been cleared, the production of green hydrogen is anticipated in the course of 2025 – making the electrolyser one of the largest plants in Europe.
The four partner companies view the energy location as having ideal conditions for further use. It is connected to both the national 380kV transmission network and the 110kVt network of the City of Hamburg, and has excellent transport links.
The next step is a so-called "matchmaking" at EU level, which aims to bring together projects with a similar focus in the various EU Member States.