Bremerhaven’s hydrogen perspectives ©BIS-Wirtschaftsförderung mbH
Hydrogen is one of the most important forms of energy for a climate-neutral future. It plays a significant role for Bremerhaven as a centre of climate research, with its flagship Klimahaus and as a leading location for offshore wind energy in the further development of trade and industry, the Green Economy and as a location for science.
Bremerhaven is pursuing the goal of becoming a test region and competence centre for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies in the north. With offshore wind energy, we have already proven that we have the capabilities for this. The project “Hydrogen – Green Gas for Bremerhaven”, which is being funded with € 20 million by the State of Bremen and EFRE, is the initial spark. By mid-2022, an electrolysis test field will be built on the site of the old Luneort airport to test the interaction between the electrolyser and the wind turbine. Applications for hydrogen are being developed concurrently. Bremerhaven’s first hydrogen filling station will be built in 2021 on the property of the Shell petrol station at the Wulsdorf motorway exit.
Already today, Bremerhaven offers comprehensive scientific competence in the field of hydrogen, with capabilities which run right through all the resident scientific institutions. In recent years, a wide range of project experience has been gained, e.g. in the use of fuel cells on ships.
Companies in Bremerhaven also see great potential here. Ideas are being put forward for the use of wind-based hydrogen. In municipal transport and logistics, serious consideration is being given to the procurement of hydrogen-powered refuse collection vehicles, street sweepers, buses and trucks, and also forklift vehicles.
Hydrogen will also play a major role as a climate-neutral propulsion system in shipping and on non-electrified railway lines. The regional railway company EVB will be using fuel cell-powered railcars on the line between Buxtehude and Cuxhaven from 2021 onwards, and so we will be able to experience the technology in action.
As a port location with the maritime industry as its economic mainstay, the construction of hydrogen-powered ships, the import and export of hydrogen and the bunkering of ships will be a major focus of developments.
All of these activities will open up application areas and new business prospects for our local companies. For non-resident companies, Bremerhaven will become an attractive location for the Green Economy.
With its Regional Management for Hydrogen, BIS is contributing to this development and thus fostering the establishment of a hydrogen industry in Bremerhaven. The City’s activities are coordinated and focused.