GET H2 Seek State Funding under IPCEI Program
Seven companies from the GET H2 initiative bp, Evonik, Nowega, OGE, RWE, Salzgitter Flachstahl and Thyssengas have now expressed their interest in funding under the IPCEI program, Important Project of Common European Interest, submitted to the Federal Ministry of Economics. By using green hydrogen in refineries, in steel production and for further industrial use, the overall project outlined here is intended to avoid CO 2 emissions of up to 16 million tonnes by 2030. The consortium wants to set up a cross-border infrastructure for hydrogen starting with the generation of green hydrogen, through transport, to industrial use. From Lingen in Emsland to Gelsenkirchen and from the Dutch border to Salzgitter, the generation, transport, storage and industrial purchase of green hydrogen are to be combined in several steps between 2024 and 2030 under the umbrella of the overall project.
In Lingen, RWE generates green hydrogen through electrolysis. From 2024 the bp refinery in Gelsenkirchen will be supplied with it. Most of the transport takes place via existing pipelines in the gas network, which will be converted to hydrogen transport. The expansion of the network to the Dutch border is planned for 2025, and a cavern storage facility is to be integrated in Gronau-Epe by RWE in 2026. The network is to be expanded to the Salzgitter steelworks by 2030 and, if necessary, to connect to other networks
Together, the overall project can map the essential building blocks of the green hydrogen value chain and form the basis for an efficient European gas infrastructure for hydrogen. With the integration of a cavern storage facility by RWE in Gronau-Epe, the system, which is based on electricity generation from wind energy, can also make a contribution to security of supply. The link to the Dutch gas market lays the foundation for a trans-European hydrogen market. The expansion of the project by partners from the transport sector and for the distribution of green hydrogen in the area is also already in preparation. Other partners of the GET H2 initiative have also expressed their interest in IPCEI funding for projects
The companies want to promote the development of a hydrogen economy. However, these plans can only be implemented with the necessary regulatory framework. The current focus is primarily on the amendment to the Energy Industry Act. The companies are convinced that the draft adopted by the Federal Cabinet at the beginning of February falls short. There is no overarching regulation of gas and hydrogen networks with a uniform gas and hydrogen network fee. However, that would be the best solution to enable uniform and non-discriminatory use of the hydrogen infrastructure on sustainable terms. The network construction can be partially financed through the IPCEI program. However, the financing of the network operation requires a long-term solution to the fee issue in the EnWG.
The move follows announcement earlier this week by six companies, five of them from the Saarland in Germany, have jointly applied for IPCEI funding to develop a green hydrogen economy in the Saarland, France and Luxembourg. The energy company STEAG, the plant manufacturer Siemens Energy, the grid operator Creos Deutschland, the Saarbahn public transport compan, and the Stahl Holding Saar with its companies Dillinger and Saarstahl have developed a joint project idea aimed at establishing a cross border and prospectively green hydrogen economy through the production, use and transport of hydrogen.