GET H2 Initiative Kicks Off Germany-Wide Hydrogen Infrastructure

By April 10, 2019 7   min read  (1264 words)

April 10, 2019 |

Get H2 Project Map

First project enters the race in the ideas competition “Reallabor der Energiewende”

Promoting the energy transition with hydrogen is the goal of the GET H2 initiative, in which the companies RWE Generation SE, Siemens, ENERTRAG, Stadtwerke Lingen, Hydrogenious Technologies, Nowega, Forschungszentrum Jülich and the IKEM Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Energy Mobility now have joined forces. 

As the first subproject, the partners plan to build a hydrogen infrastructure in Emsland that connects the energy, industry, transport and heat sectors along the entire value chain. Core elements are the construction of a 105 MW power-to-gas facility that converts electricity from wind into “green hydrogen”, transporting and storing pure hydrogen in existing infrastructures and using hydrogen.

With this first project, the companies participate in the ideas competition organized by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labor “Reallabore der Energiewende”. They submitted a project outline to the Federal Ministry of Economics on 5 April. A decision on this can be expected by the end of June. In two years, the companies want to go into the concrete implementation of the project.

“Renewable energy, electricity and gas networks, gas storage and the conventional liquid fuel infrastructure to the customers of hydrogen and waste heat in the chemical industry: All this already exists in the region, so that ideal conditions for this innovative technology and rapid project implementation given In Lingen, we can demonstrate the entire value chain on an industrial scale and have considerable synergy potential thanks to the existing infrastructure, “explains Roger Miesen, CEO of RWE Generation.

Hydrogen is an important building block for a successful energy transition. Key to this is electrolysis based on renewable energies. Electricity from wind and sun becomes “green hydrogen” when splitting up water, a source of energy that can make a significant contribution to significantly reducing CO2 emissions far beyond the electricity sector. For energy-intensive sectors such as the steel industry and the chemical industry, hydrogen can be a decisive step towards climate compatibility. In addition, hydrogen opens up the possibility of storing large quantities of renewable energies in the existing cavern storage facilities.

“It is now crucial not only to test the technology in small R & D projects, but also to bring it to series production in a holistic approach with larger projects, and we want to make a significant contribution to this with our project Project has the potential to give the go-ahead for a hydrogen infrastructure for Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia, which can provide decisive impetus for a Germany-wide and Europe-wide hydrogen infrastructure, “says Jörg Müller, Managing Director of ENERTRAG, describing the future prospects.

“This is a globally unique project to showcase a green-sector sector coupling on an industrial scale, with the sensible use of existing infrastructures and the recuperation of 100% hydrogen in a 60 MW class gas turbine making this a unique showpiece for power generation “, adds Prof. Dr. med. Thomas Thiemann, Head of the Energy Transition Team of Siemens.

Get H2 Project Partner:

RWE Generation SE Within the RWE Group, RWE Generation SE, Essen, is responsible for power generation with gas, hard coal, hydropower and biomass. Under his roof, the company combines the expertise of around 2,700 employees in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Turkey. Together, they operate power plants with a total output of around 25 gigawatts. With their secure and flexible performance, the systems contribute to ensuring that the supply in the European electricity grid functions reliably at all times, even with the ever-increasing contribution of naturally volatile renewable energies.


Siemens Gas and Power (GP) is a global pioneer in the energy sector and, together with its customers, addresses the evolving needs of industry and society. GP covers a wide range of competencies across the full energy value chain and offers a comprehensive portfolio for utilities, independent power producers, transmission system operators and the oil and gas industry. With its products, solutions and services, Siemens Gas and Power addresses the extraction, processing and transport of oil and gas as well as power generation in centralized and decentralized thermal power plants and power transmission. Siemens Gas and Power is located in Houston, USA. With over 64.


ENERTRAG provides all services related to renewable energies. We efficiently combine electricity, heat and mobility in all areas of life. As an energy producer with an annual production of 1.5 TWh in stock and a service network with more than 1120 wind turbines, we also know from our own experience what is important for our customers. With over two decades of experience in Europe, our approximately 540 employees combine all the skills required for successful operation and efficient maintenance, but also for a close-to-the-citizen planning and reliable construction of power plants and networks up to complete combined power plants. We are always ahead of the competition – be it with sector coupling, participation models or need-based night marking.

Stadtwerke Lingen

Stadtwerke Lingen GmbH is a regional energy supplier with the divisions electricity, gas water and heat. We supply around 62,000 inhabitants with energy. Another focus is the operation of a community wind farm and its own wind turbines in Lower Saxony. We are service providers for our customers and guarantee security of supply. With the energy transition, climate protection and sector coupling are our declared goal.

Hydrogenious Technologies

Hydrogenious Technologies GmbH is the world leader in hydrogen storage technologies based on liquid organic hydrogen carriers (LOHC) and builds plants for the hydrogen logistics industry and hydrogen refueling stations. LOHC technology makes it possible to use the infrastructure for conventional liquid fuels for hydrogen storage and transportation. Hydrogenious Technologies was founded in 2013 as a spin-off of the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. With investments from AP Ventures and partnerships with companies such as Framatome, Clariant, Sasol and MAN, Hydrogenious Technologies has a wealth of economic and strategic resources. The Erlangen-based company employs 65 people.

Nowega GmbH

Nowega GmbH is a transmission system operator based in Münster. The subsidiary of Erdgas Münster GmbH operates, maintains and markets about 1,500 kilometers of high-pressure gas pipelines. The pipeline network extends from the Dutch border across Lower Saxony and parts of North Rhine-Westphalia to the Wendland and is part of the intra-European transport routes for natural gas.

Research Center Julich

Forschungszentrum Jülich makes effective contributions to solving major societal challenges in the fields of information, energy and the bioeconomy. With around 5,900 employees and around 800 visiting scientists from more than 75 countries each year, it is one of Europe’s largest interdisciplinary research centers.

With more than 100 employees, IEK-3 has the scientific and technical core competencies electrochemistry and energy process engineering as well as system analysis. With application-oriented targeting, the IEK-3 researches and develops fuel cells, fuel gas generation systems, gas separation membranes, water electrolyzers and batteries. This includes the modeling, realization, experimental investigation and system analysis of the energy systems, their components as well as electrochemical processes and process engineering process controls.

IKEM – Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility eV

The IKEM – Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility eV, headquartered in Berlin, Greifswald and Stuttgart, has existed since November 2009 as a non-profit and independent research institute and is a recognized non-governmental organization at the United Nations. At the IKEM, around 50 scientists are conducting research on the most important issues of energy and mobility change, with the main focus on the interaction between regulation, climate protection and the economy. One of the focal points is energy law: there, the IKEM carries out legal analyzes to identify regulatory barriers to the energy transition and develops concepts for the further development of the legal framework.


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