At the APEX Energy Teterow GmbH location, the world’s largest hydrogen demonstration plant will go into operation on June 12, 2020
Politicians want Germany to become number 1 in the field of hydrogen technology, and the coastal regions play a key role here with their wind power.
To test this future-oriented energy in practice, the technical manager of APEX Energy – Dr. Peter Sponholz – with his hydrogen Toyota through northern Germany. This car is one of a total of three hydrogen cars registered in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In addition to professional trips to Hamburg, Stralsund, and Berlin, the car is used as normal. With a range of (depending on driving style) an average of 450 kilometers per tank of 5 kg of hydrogen, the car behaves like a comparable car with a combustion engine only completely without CO 2-Emissions and therefore climate-neutral in operation. As an unexpected side effect, Dr. Sponholz of spontaneous applause from other drivers, who signal their approval with a thumbs up at red traffic lights or even a shouted “very good”. The car works.
So while politicians are still working on concepts, APEX Energy is already one step ahead.
Interview with Professor Beller on the subject of hydrogen:
Professor Beller, why is green hydrogen so crucial for a CO2-neutral energy future?
“The conversion of wind and solar energy to chemical energy sources allows easy storage of such renewable energies. The first step in almost all of these concepts is the electrolysis of water to hydrogen and oxygen. The “green” hydrogen produced in this way is a – perhaps the – central component for a CO2-neutral energy system. ”
And in which areas do you think hydrogen-based energy concepts can be used?
“Hydrogen is interesting for both stationary and especially mobile applications. As just one example, I would like to mention the hydrogen cars already commercially available today, which represent a real alternative to electromobility. Hydrogen also opens up a wide range of applications for decentralized energy concepts. ”
APEX Energy Teterow GmbH has been active in the field of renewable energies all over Europe for over 20 years. Four years ago, the company began to develop storage solutions for hydrogen in collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute and partner emano Kunststofftechnik.
Managing Director Mathias Hehmann formulates the stated goal as follows: “We want to cache renewable energies regardless of consumption and thus make them available regardless of time and location.”
APEX Energy operates its hydrogen technology center at the Rostock-Laage site, where complete energy systems for customers are individually planned, configured and delivered.