The German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is allocating EUR 50 million more than previously planned to fund the development of offshore parks to produce green hydrogen. Competition for the first projects will begin in 2022.
“Electrolysis facilities at sea are still at an early stage,” the ministry said in a statement. “Here we aim to ensure Germany’s leading role in the technology.”
The competition will be open in terms of how the energy to power electrolysis will be produced. As online hydrogen energy platform Energate reports, floating solar panel installations and hydro-electric facilities are theoretically just as eligible as offshore wind turbines.
Development projects will be carried out in the North and Baltic Seas. One focus is Germany’s lone high-seas island, Helgoland, the location of the Aqua Ventus Project, an international consortium including energy providers RWE, Ørsted and Gasunie. Among its plans is an offshore wind park with an initial capacity of 290 megawatts. The hydrogen produced will be brought by pipeline to the island.