Construction Underway on Three German H2 Pilot Facilities

May 2021

A consortium of three institutes of Germany’s renowned Fraunhofer Society is building a series of pilot facilities covering the entire process of producing green hydrogen with wind-generated electricity.

The facilities are located in the cities of Görlitz in eastern Germany and Bremerhaven and Hamburg in the north. They will start going operational next year.

Project managers say the 12.3-megawatt Görlitz plant will focus on hydrogen for mobile and stationary fuel cells, particularly for mobility and the provision of energy for municipal neighborhoods and industrial sites.

The 2-megawatt Bremerhaven facility will be directly connected to a wind park and a virtual model of the German power grid. It will be used to test the electrical properties of electrolyzers.

In Hamburg, Fraunhofer is creating an application center for research into the modelling and regulation of decentral, local energy systems. The consortium, called the Hydrogen Lab Leuna, is named after that eastern German city. All four locations aim to utilize the historic industrial strengths of their respective regions.

“Especially in industry, the reconfiguring of established production processes for hydrogen can make a decisive contribution to phasing out fossil fuels and attaining our climate goals,” Fraunhofer Society President Reimund Neugebauer told PV magazine. “The focus has to be on how to make the transition economical viable and sustainable.”

Opening ceremony of the Hydrogen Lab Leuna © Fraunhofer IMWS / Michael Deutsch

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