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New energy for your business strategy

New energy for your business strategy

With a volume of 70 TWh/a, Germany is Europe’s largest user of hydrogen. Its use corresponds to around a fifth of the total amount across the entire continent. Over 600 billion cubic metres of hydrogen are used in industry worldwide, mostly generated from fossil sources. In Germany, 5 per cent already comes from green sources.

Hydrogen is indispensable in industry – whether as an energy source or storage, for coal hydrogenation, as a reducing agent in metal-processing, in ammonia production, as a cooling agent or even in food production.

Hydrogen production primarily relies on fossil energies, as these have so far been cheaper than green electricity. But that is soon set to change. The German federal government is pursuing the aim of using hydrogen to further drive the integration and use of renewable energies in order to decarbonise all energy-intensive sectors.

HydroHub uses funding wisely

Europe – and the German federal government in particular with its National Hydrogen Strategy – are providing considerable funding to reach the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement. Germany has set itself the goal of ideally fully transitioning by 2050. To achieve this, the National Hydrogen Strategy stipulates high investment in research, development and manufacturing in order to enable the necessary technologies for promptly ramping-up the market.

Industrial users can benefit from these support measures. Draw on HydroHub’s expertise for this, in compliance with the guidelines for funding options. We advise how exactly the funding can make your project financially viable, and the steps necessary to achieve this. Anyone who takes action now can benefit from the funding, and thus drive the transition to green hydrogen more cost-effectively.

In addition to decarbonising high-emission sectors, the German federal government’s funding also seeks to make Germany the world’s leading provider of hydrogen technologies.

A foreseeable ten-fold increase in output – a sample application

One of the first examples for reducing CO2 footprints by switching from grey to green hydrogen at an industrial scale is BP, based in Lingen in Germany’s Emsland region. According to information issued by the group, BP and Ørsted are planning to build a 50-megawatt electrolyser with associated infrastructure. Renewable electricity from offshore wind parks in the North Sea are to be used to generate one tonne of hydrogen per hour – the amount needed to produce fuels at a refinery. As such, around 20 per cent of the hydrogen currently generated from fossil natural gas could be replaced from 2024 onwards. There is already talk of a tripling in output, and potentially even a ten-fold increase in future.

Hundreds of specialised services for hydrogen usage

As a leading technology consultant and service provider, we at HydroHub ensure our customers’ hydrogen projects are safe and sustainable. The portfolio ranges from technical, legal and financial due diligence, to function tests of the tiniest system components, requirements specifications and customer specifications, to concepts for start-up and assembly work.

Wherever hydrogen can be integrated into an application, our services are already helping protect against risks and optimise the energy process chain: for hybrid supply, networking, distribution and storage, as well as for electric re-conversion. The safety mechanisms required for handling hydrogen differ depending on the industrial application. Hydrogen cannot be used without a safety plan, which should thus be planned and implemented in the medium term in order to ensure process profitability for the long term.

Identifying, assessing and handling technical hazard sources and risks have been part of the TÜV NORD GROUP’s central tasks for over 150 years. We have developed profound expertise in all areas of industry, and today offer hundreds of specialised services, particularly for the hydrogen industry. Our services will assist you from your initial project idea to logically thought-out cyclical solutions for dismantling and disposal concepts.

Experience has shown that it is the very first conversation that indicates how productive a partnership can be. Please briefly describe your project to us, and we’ll assemble a team of experts for you.