The companies Bayerngas GmbH, bayernets GmbH, BAYERNOIL Raffineriegesellschaft mbH, Energienetze Bayern GmbH & Co. KG, Gunvor Raffinerie Ingolstadt GmbH, Stadtwerke Ingolstadt Energie GmbH and Stadtwerke Ingolstadt Netze GmbH have signed a declaration of intent to set up a hydrogen cluster.
As a potential user of the hydrogen infrastructure, AUDI AG also signed the Letter of Intent. Under the project name “HyPipe Bavaria / H2-Cluster Ingolstadt”, the consortium is planning to set up a hydrogen infrastructure in the greater Ingolstadt area to supply the participating industrial sites and the region with hydrogen.
Refineries like BAYERNOIL and Gunvor as well as car manufacturers like Audi will soon be able to use sustainable hydrogen to decarbonize their production processes. In addition, applications in industry, transport and the supply of heat to companies and private households via the networks of the network operators involved are conceivable. Users can obtain the hydrogen nationwide via the future hydrogen transport network.
Some of it can also be produced and distributed regionally. The network operators bayern ets, Energienetze Bayern and SWI Netze are important partners for the connection to the future hydrogen transport network by converting existing gas pipelines to hydrogen and setting up a regional transport network to connect producers and consumers. In addition, trade and sales arguments must be taken into account when purchasing hydrogen. This know-how, supplemented by solutions for decentralized hydrogen production in Bavaria, is fed in by the consortium partners Bayerngas and SWI Energie.
After completion, the resulting hydrogen infrastructure can be used by all interested market participants without discrimination. This connects H2 production plants and H2 consumers with each other. The project thus creates the conditions for rapid connection to the national and European hydrogen transport infrastructure by 2030 at the latest.
According to the consortium, the hydrogen infrastructure will be an essential building block for achieving a climate-neutral energy supply in 2040 for the industrial, transport and building sectors in the greater Ingolstadt area and will enable the development of European and international supply chains for climate-neutral hydrogen. The project supports the Bavarian Hydrogen Roadmap, which the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy presented in April 2022. This formulates the need for an ambitious and consistent (expansion) construction of hydrogen infrastructure for a future-oriented hydrogen supply. The project partners want to offer solutions for this.