On February 21, 2019, the kick-off event for the project “WASh2Emden” took place. The project will investigate the possibilities of storing surplus electricity from wind power plants in the form of hydrogen and making it usable in different applications in the port.
In northern Germany, a large amount of regenerative surplus electricity accumulates, which due to network bottlenecks can not be used at present. Since this power can not be stored in relevant quantities, this leads to the fact that wind turbines are turned off. In addition to the expansion of networks, the storage of surplus electricity from wind turbines in the form of hydrogen can make an effective contribution to the energy transition.
The maritime sector requires large amounts of energy, causing emissions that can be reduced by using renewable energy. The project WASh2Emden – Innovative and Environmentally Friendly Hydrogen Applications at the Seaport of Emden investigates the possibilities of storing surplus wind power in the form of “green” hydrogen and making it usable in various fields of application in the port. The aim is to achieve CO2 emissions and air pollutants from shore-based port operations, logistics and in-port vessels by using renewable hydrogen.
The cooperation project WASh2Emden is coordinated by Lead Partner Niedersachen Ports . Other project partners are the abh engineer ENGINEERING GmbH , the Tyczka group of companies , MARIKO GmbH and the Gastechnologisches Institut gGmbH Freiberg DBI . The project is supported by the Innovative Port Technologies ( IHATEC ) funding program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure ( BMVI ).