- Closing event for the innovation project “WASh2Emden”
Emden / Leer–Around 90 participants, in particular from the maritime and energy sectors, accepted the invitation to the online closing event of the innovation project “WASh2Emden – innovative and environmentally friendly hydrogen applications in the seaport Emden”.
In the past 18 months, the possibilities of generating hydrogen from regenerative energy in Emden and making it available to users in the port have been investigated. The basis for this is a comprehensive survey of the companies in the port of Emden on the energy requirements of all devices, systems, and vehicles.
Hydrogen is economical
The bottom line of the analysis is that green hydrogen (i.e. hydrogen that is generated from renewable energy) can already be produced inexpensively today. Assuming reduced electricity prices, it is economical compared to diesel. However, this requires levy reductions, in particular the EEG levy. In addition, certain purchase quantities would have to be guaranteed. “The WASh2Emden project has shown that hydrogen technology is largely available and can be implemented. Now it has to be applied, the costs by economies of scale and the right political levers to make green hydrogen competitive compared to fossil fuels, ”explains Adenike Bettinger from the University of Applied Sciences Emden / Leer.
Short-term use of hydrogen possible
Another result of the study is that, according to the project partners, the storage of hydrogen in the port of Emden is particularly useful as a compressed gas. The investment costs are relatively low and storage is not technologically as demanding as, for example, with liquefied hydrogen or the carrier substance LOHC (Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier). There are short-term uses for hydrogen, especially in the passenger car and industrial truck sector, since these are already available on the market. In the future, commercial vehicles could also run on hydrogen. As a result, CO2 reductions in the 10,500t range could be achieved in the medium term, which would correspond to a reduction of approx. 8%. The production and use of synthetic fuels would lead to further emission reductions; The basis for this, however, would be the consistent and massive expansion and possibly the import of renewable energies in the form of hydrogen. In the course of this, the CO2 emissions from electricity use in the port of Emden could also be reduced by approx. 34%. “Hydrogen is not the panacea, but it is an essential building block for shaping the energy transition.
The decisive factor for the generation and use of green hydrogen is the rapid expansion of renewable energy on a large scale, ”explains Sören Berg from MARIKO GmbH. but an essential building block for shaping the energy transition. The decisive factor for the generation and use of green hydrogen is the rapid expansion of renewable energy on a large scale, ”explains Sören Berg from MARIKO GmbH. but an essential building block for shaping the energy transition. The decisive factor for the generation and use of green hydrogen is the rapid expansion of renewable energy on a large scale, ”explains Sören Berg from MARIKO GmbH.
A demonstration phase is in preparation based on the potential study. For this purpose, a hydrogen chain with technologies available on the market is to be built as an entry into the hydrogen economy in the port of Emden. “With the WASh2Emden project, we have come a lot closer to realizing a green hydrogen economy. The potential is there and must now be leveraged so that we can make our local contribution to the global energy transition in the port of Emden. ” Matthäus Wuczkowski from Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG.
The project WASh2Emden was coordinated by the lead partner Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG . Other project partners are the abh INGENIEUR-TECHNIK GmbH , the DBI-Gastechnologisches Institut gGmbH Freiberg, the MARIKO GmbH and the Tyczka group of companies as well as the cooperation partners EPAS Ems Ports Agency & Stevedoring Bet. GmbH & Co. KG , the University of Applied Sciences Emden / Leer and EMDION GmbH .
The project is supported by the funding program for innovative port technologies ( IHATEC ) of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure ( BMVI ).
Team photo, from left to right: Manuel Gigli, Thomas Huber (Tyczka GmbH), Adenike Bettinger (Hochschule Emden / Leer), Börchert Saathoff, Hanne Hollander, Dr. Matthäus Wuczkowski (Lower Saxony Ports), Katja Baumann, Cathrin Prikker (MARIKO), Dr. Ronny Erler (DBI), Ekkehard Nowara (abh), Dr. Andreas Hahnel (DBI)
Niedersachsen Ports is the owner and operator of five seaports, seven island supply ports and three regional ports on the German North Sea coast. The company’s registered office is in Oldenburg. With the branches in Brake, Cuxhaven with branch offices in Stade, Emden and Wilhelmshaven, Niedersachsen Ports manages the port infrastructure in the major seaports of the State of Lower Saxony. The North branch also operates the supply ports for the East Frisian Islands. Niedersachsen Ports thus offers a variety of port locations from a single source.