12 Companies Join Forces to Form Hamburg Hydrogen Network
12 companies Airbus, ArcelorMittal, Gasnetz Hamburg, GreenPlug, Hamburger Hafen und Logistik, Hamburg Port Authority, HADAG Seetouristik und Fahrdienst as well as Stadtreinigung Hamburg, together with the companies behind the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub namely Shell, Vattenfall, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and Warme Hamburg have formed the Hamburg Hydrogen Network, Wasserstoffverbund Hamburg. The joint projects for the production, distribution and use of hydrogen make a decisive contribution to reducing greenhouse gases. As early as 2026, the network partners will be able to reduce C02 emissions in Hamburg by 170,000 tons per year through their application projects. Through the use of hydrogen by means of electrolysis on site, imports from the sea and connection to the European hydrogen network, the joint project offers the potential that by 2030 more than one million tonnes of the currently around 16 million tonnes of C02 emissions in Hamburg can be saved annually. The green hydrogen produced by the Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub would primarily replace fossil fuels in industrial production as well as in the transport and logistics sector. The use of waste heat from electrolysis for the district heating network and the thermal treatment of municipal waste, in addition to the use of hydrogen, also help to further reduce the ecological footprint of a large number of other industries.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik
Hamburg Port Authority
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
With the planned conversion of a coal-fired power plant in Hamburg-Moorburg into a scalable 100-megawatt electrolysis system for the production of green hydrogen from renewable energies, the foundation stone is laid for building a complete hydrogen value chain in Hamburg. With its extensive network of potential industrial applications and service partners, the port forms a unique location-specific platform.
In addition, the network enables positive transmission effects in Germany and throughout Europe. It is already closely linked to other activities in the neighbouring countries of northern Germany. Above all, international cooperation is intended to help link production facilities for renewable electricity and hydrogen, infrastructure and distribution as well as demand generators from heavy industry to road, rail, water and air transport.
The joint application submitted by the twelve Hamburg companies as part of the EU-wide funding program "Important Projects of Common European Interest includes nine complementary projects to achieve this goal - all in the area of the Hamburg port area. Financial support from the German federal government as part of the IPCEI program is required to implement the pioneering joint project and to close the cost gap between green hydrogen and fossil fuel applications. The nine projects include:
HGHH - Hamburg Green Hydrogen Hub
The companies Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Vattenfall and the municipal company Warme Hamburg are planning to jointly generate hydrogen from wind and solar energy at the Hamburg-Moorburg power station and use it in the vicinity. In addition to the construction of a scalable electrolyser with an output of 100 megawatts, the further development of the site into a so-called "Green Energy Hub" is planned.
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik
Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG is planning various types of heavy-duty equipment (such as straddle carriers, trucks, tractors, forklifts, empty container handlers, reach stackers and a shunting locomotive) with fuel cell drives with the “Hydrogen Logistics Applications & Distribution" (H2LOAD) project put into operation.
Hamburg Port Authority
With the Hydrogen Port Applications HyPA project, the Hamburg Port Authority as an infrastructure provider and enabler for roads, rails and waterways in the Port of Hamburg is setting two different priorities. The transformation of mobility into the post carbon era is directed on the one hand to the provision of hydrogen filling stations for locomotives, ships and trucks and on the other hand to the construction and use of innovative hydrogen-powered ships.
HADAG Seetouristik und Fahrdienst AG
As the operator of public transport passenger ferries in the Port of Hamburg, the public company of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg is planning to use emission-free ships in its fleet. In the H2HADAG project, three new ships will be converted from diesel hybrids to hydrogen hybrids and two additional ships will be built (directly as hydrogen hybrids).
City cleaning Hamburg
Stadtreinigung Hamburg is building the Center for Resources and Energy (ZRE) in Hamburg Stellingen. With the "Waste to Hydrogen for Hamburg" project, it wants to use electricity from the thermal recycling of non-material residues together with the Hamburg-Holstein, Warme Hamburg, Gasnetz Hamburg and Hamburg Energie transport companies. This electricity is to be used via electrolysis to generate green hydrogen and also to charge batteries for e-mobility.