Germany’s loan high-seas island, Helgoland, may be pretty tiny, but it could play a not insubstantial role in the country’s clean energy future.
The Aqua Ventus project, which includes 27 international companies and research institutions, aims to use offshore wind power generated just west of the island to produce green hydrogen. The goal is to transport one million tons of H2 per pipeline to the mainland by 2030. A target of 10,000 megawatts of offshore wind power has also been set.
Among the companies participating are energy firms RWE and Shell, network provider Gascade and wind turbine makers Gamesa and MHI Vestas. The governments of both Germany and the European Union are expected to help underwrite the project.