Duration: 2021 to 2025
Consortium leader: Competence Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) at the University of Applied Sciences Hamburg
State: Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Focus: Electrolysis with a total of 77 megawatts; H₂ filling stations and H₂ transport
Project: Norddeutsches Reallabor - the energy transition alliance for sector coupling
Summary: The Living Lab Norddeutsches Reallbor aims to test the holistic transformation of the energy system and thus contribute to a rapid decarbonisation of all consumption sectors. Distributed across five geographical "hubs" in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, large-scale concepts for sector coupling are planned to be developed, with a focus on hydrogen and energy-efficient neighbourhood solutions in the heating sector.
In order to save CO2, residues from refineries, for example, are intended to be further processed with "green" hydrogen. Additionally, there will be examinations on the effect of adding hydrogen to natural gas burners. In order to integrate the transport sector systemically, the use of fuel cell vehicles and the promotion of hydrogen filling stations are planned to be increased. To advance the heat transition, the partners even want to utilise the waste heat from a waste incineration plant and an industrial plant by means of existing district heating pipes. - The planned projects of the North German Living Lab can save about 560,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.
Topic: Sector coupling, hydrogen technologies and neighbourhood solutions