Frankfurt — With a joint project by Mainova and FES, the city of Frankfurt am Main is one of 13 HyExpert regions in Germany that Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer has just presented in Berlin.
The winners of the HyLand competition each receive 300,000 euros in funding to develop hydrogen concepts. The integration of renewable hydrogen in the transport sector is at the heart of the HyLand regions in order to show the possible contribution to achieving the CO2 reduction targets. Frankfurt has been awarded the contract for its MH2Regio project for hydrogen production from municipal waste. The aim is to create an overall economic concept for a hydrogen infrastructure based on the Frankfurt waste-to-energy plant (MHKW) in the northwest city.
Frankfurt’s Department of Economic Affairs, Markus Frank, emphasizes: “The Federal Ministry of Transport’s award as a HyLand region is an important sign of the development of the local hydrogen infrastructure. The traffic turnaround poses major challenges for metropolitan areas such as the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region. The MH2Regio project offers a blueprint for almost all major German cities with the generation of hydrogen from the CO2-neutral electricity generated during waste incineration. ”
Mainova board member Norbert Breidenbach: “Mainova is committed to a needs-based hydrogen supply in the region. The MH2Regio project builds on our experience with power-to-gas in Frankfurt and develops it further. It provides for an overall system that makes the shared infrastructure more cost-effective and powerful than individually created individual solutions. We are in discussion with partners with whom we want to create a finished concept by mid-2021. ”
Dirk Remmert, Managing Director of FES and the operator company MHKW GmbH: “As the largest waste disposal company in the Rhine-Main region, we are very interested in researching new infrastructures and drive types. It is consequent to make the MHKW in Frankfurt-Heddernheim one of the major energy producers in Frankfurt a study object. Not only the residual waste from Frankfurt and the region is recycled here. Around 50 garbage trucks start their tour from here every day. For our fleet, we therefore rely on hydrogen drive or the fuel cell in the long term. ”
The “HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany” initiative is part of the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). The Frankfurt MH2-Regio project was supported by the Hessen Agentur and the Rhein-Main University. As a consortium partner, companies in aviation and inland navigation, logistics, local and long-distance public transport, as well as municipal utilities, examine alternative drive concepts. These include: Autobus Sippel GmbH, ICB In-der-City-Bus, FlixMobility Experience GmbH, Fraport AG, Transdev Rhein-Main GmbH, Primus Linie Frankfurter Personenschiffahrt Anton Nauheimer GmbH.
Frankfurter Entsorgungs- und Service GmbH (FES) is the largest waste disposal company in the Frankfurt / Rhein-Main region. As a public-private partnership company, FES is owned 51 percent by the city of Frankfurt and 49 percent by Remondis. FES currently disposes of and recycles the waste from 745,000 Frankfurt citizens. For this purpose, FES operates systems for sorting commercial waste, for treating bio-waste, for processing combustion slag and – together with the energy provider Mainova – the waste-to-energy plant (MHKW) Frankfurt.
About MHKW GmbH
MHKW GmbH has been operating the waste-to-energy plant in Frankfurt’s northwest city since 2006. The shareholders are FES and Mainova in equal parts. Residual waste from Frankfurt and the Rhine-Main region as well as commercial waste are thermally recycled in the plant. The resulting energy is converted into electricity and heat. The MHKW currently feeds over 200,000 megawatt hours of electricity into the public power grid and almost 500,000 megawatt hours of hot water into the district heating network. Converted to the annual average consumption of a two-person household, the amount of the MHKW can supply more than 60,000 households with electricity and around 30,000 households with district heating.
Mainova AG, based in Frankfurt am Main, is Hesse’s largest energy supplier and supplies more than a million people with electricity, gas, heat and water. There are also numerous corporate customers throughout Germany. With its 2,700 employees, the company generated sales of 2 billion euros in 2018. Mainova AG’s largest shareholders are Stadtwerke Frankfurt am Main Holding (75.2 percent) and Munich-based Thüga (24.5 percent). The remaining shares (0.3 percent) are in free float.