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TransHyDE Project: Transporting Hydrogen Safely and Reliably Receives 139 Million Euros

By August 20, 2021 3   min read  (497 words)

August 20, 2021 |

Fuel Cells Works, TransHyDE Project: Transporting Hydrogen Safely and Reliably Receives 139 Million Euros
  • The appropriate transport infrastructure forms the backbone of a future hydrogen economy.

However, it remains to be clarified which transport solutions are most suitable for covering short, medium and long distances. Where can existing gas networks be rededicated? Which completely new transport technologies are needed? Which obstacles need to be removed? The TransHyDE lead project aims to advance hydrogen transport technologies in five accompanying research and four demonstration projects. It is to be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around 139 million euros over the next four years.

“Our goal is to answer all the questions that Germany still has to ask itself in order to set up a national hydrogen infrastructure,” explain the three coordinators of TransHyDE, Mario Ragwitz from Fraunhofer IEG, Robert Schlögl from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion and Jimmie Langham from the AquaVentus coordination office. “As one of the central measures of the Federal Ministry of Research for the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy, we have to answer these questions scientifically and technically so reliably that the foundations for the real implementation of the hydrogen turnaround are laid.”

TransHyDE lead project

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The TransHyDE lead project evaluates and tests hydrogen transport solutions. It is advancing transport technologies in four demonstration projects:

  1. the hydrogen transport in high pressure vessels,
  2. hydrogen-liquid transport,
  3. hydrogen transport in existing and new gas pipelines as well
  4. the transport of hydrogen bound in ammonia or the carrier medium LOHC.

In addition, the lead project is dedicated to hydrogen transport in five scientific projects and thus creates the systemic framework. These deal with the

  1. Creation of a roadmap for the hydrogen infrastructure,
  2. with the development of possible standards, norms and safety regulations for hydrogen transport technologies, as well as the
  3. necessary materials, materials and sensors.
  4. In addition, the scientific TransHyDE projects deal with the efficient extraction of hydrogen from ammonia and the
  5. Refueling containers with liquid, cryogenic hydrogen.

In the TransHyDE lead project, around 85 partners from industry, associations, universities and research institutions as well as 20 other associated partners have come together. Most of the work on the TransHyDE projects started on April 1st, 21st.


The hydrogen lead projects form the largest research initiative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the subject of the energy transition to date. In the industry-led lead projects, business and science jointly develop solutions for the German hydrogen economy: series production of large-scale electrolysers (H2Giga), generation of green hydrogen at sea (H2Mare), technologies for the transport of hydrogen (TransHyDE).

The hydrogen flagship projects are the result of an ideas competition: science, business and civil society were invited to submit ideas for large-scale hydrogen projects. Over 240 partners have come together in this way and are to be funded with a total of around 740 million euros. The projects started in spring on the basis of non-binding funding prospects. The lead projects are funded over a period of four years.

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