Lower Saxony-Netherlands Cooperation Hydrogen Project Receives Funding

By October 1, 2019 2   min read  (349 words)

October 1, 2019 |

Dutch Netherland Cooperation on Hydrogen Main

The Lower Saxony-Dutch cooperation project “H2WATT” has been awarded approx.  906.262,00 euros of funding from the Interreg program “Germany-Nederland”. 

In addition to funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the provinces of Drenthe, Groningen and Fryslân, the state of Lower Saxony has provided a total of approx. 339,000 euros available.

The aim of the “H2Watt” project is to prepare the cross-sectoral economy on the one hand for the new requirements arising from the introduction of the key hydrogen technology, and on the other hand to highlight the potential of this technology, as well as the technological (further) development and knowledge transfer in the Field of hydrogen economy. A special role is played in the project by the Lower Saxony island of Borkum. There, one of the two hydrogen labs will be set up and tested.


The use of hydrogen (H2) is considered the key technology of the future. Hydrogen is a colorless and odorless, non-toxic gas that can be used as an energy source. Currently, there are only partially developed, proven, marketable, economically interesting technologies and methods for the generation, storage, transport and use of hydrogen. In particular, however, there is a lack of the merger of individual components into an overall system and of strategies for carrying out a modular structure of a hydrogen chain, which successively serves a continuous application. Applications include heat and electricity supply and other land-based industry applications,

The aim of the H2Watt project is to prepare the industry on both sides of the border across sectors for the new requirements and potential arising from the introduction of the key hydrogen technology and to advance technological (further) development and knowledge transfer in the field of hydrogen economy. This is exemplified by the case studies Ameland (NL) and Borkum (D).

Nds. Project partner: MARIKO GmbH

North Sea spa Borkum

Borkumer Kleinbahn and Dampfschifffahrt GmbH

University of Applied Sciences Emden / Leerabh Ingenieurtechnik GmbH

HyGro Technology BV

Total cost: 2,265,655.00 €

ERDF grant: 906.262,00 €

Grant Lower Saxony:  339,848.25

Source: Lower Saxony

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