North German Living Lab (NRL)

Overview

The energy transition is technically feasible! That is the key finding of the completed project Northern German Energy Transition 4.0 (German: Norddeutsche EnergieWende (NEW) 4.0). This insight calls for action. The succeeding joint research project North German Real Lab (German: „Norddeutsches Reallabor“ (NRL)) builds on this insight and brings together over 50 project partners from economy, science and industry with the goal of assaying a transition path for an integrated energy system. If successful, the project can demonstrate, that a reduction of CO2 emissions by 75 per cent in Northern Germany is possible until 2035.

The NRL is spart of the support initiative „regulatory sandboxes of the energy transition“ (German: „Reallabore der Energiewende“) by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. More fundings are prodived by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport. The associated partnership of Renewable Energy Hamburg is financially supported by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg.

Our cluster accounts for accompanying communication as associated partner to the project and encourages the exchange between the single players within the project. Find more information here.

NRL projects (under construction)

Promoter: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)

Innovation cluster to test hydrogen-powered equipment in port logistics

Promoter: hySOLUTIONS GmbH
Partners involved: Meyer Werft, BEHALA, OWI Oel-Waerme-Institut GmbH

Fuel cells in maritime practice

Promoter: HOCHBAHN
Partners involved: part of North German Real Lab (NRL - Norddeutsches Reallabor)

Procurement, approval and testing of fuel cell buses

Promoter: Alphabet Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH
Partners involved: part of North German Real Lab (NRL - Norddeutsches Reallabor)

Alphabet plans to purchase 150 fuel cell cars. As part of the North German Real Lab, these vehicles are leased to end customers. The vehicles are refueled at the hydrogen …

Promoter: ArcelorMittal
Partners involved: associated partner of North German Real Lab (NRL - Norddeutsches Reallabor)

Use of hydrogen for the direct reduction of iron ore in steel production

Promoter: Hansewerk GmbH
Partners involved: HOLBORN Europa Raffinerie GmbH

Construction and operation of a 25 MWel electrolyser in the port of Hamburg for the production of green hydrogen with the project "Green refinery 2030".

Promoter: GreenPlug

Construction of an emissions-free pusher tug for operation in the Port of Hamburg

Promoter: HADAG Seetouristik und Fährdienst AG

Procurement and operation of hydrogen-powered passenger ferries for use in local public transport

Promoter: Gasnetz Hamburg

New hydrogen pipeline grid south of the Elbe, initially approx. 60 kilometres long and capable of supplying industrial companies in the port with green hydrogen by 2030

Partners involved: Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), Vattenfall, Wärme Hamburg

Construction of 100 MWel of electrolysis capacity by 2025 at the site of the former Moorburg coal-fired power plant

Partners involved: Uniper SE, Siemens Energy AG, STOFF2

Planned future power plant at the site of the former Moorburg coal-fired power plant with electrolyser, high-temperature storage, and innovative gas turbine.

Partners involved: Clean Logistics, E-Cap Mobility

Refitting of buses and lorries to fuel-cell drive systems

Promoter: Hamburg Airport

Switching intralogistics vehicles to alternative drive systems, construction of an electrolyser to supply the airport's own fuel cell vehicle fleet

Partners involved: Hansewerk / Errichtung eines Wasserstoff-BHKWs zusammen mit BHKW Hersteller INNIO Jenbacher

Heat supply for 30 residential buildings, a sports centre, a children’s day-care facility, and the Othmarschen Park leisure centre with the help of a hydrogen CHP unit.

Promoter: H&R GmbH & Co. KGaA

Operation of a 5 MWel PEM dynamic electrolysis plant

Partners involved: Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH, Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH

Promoter: Airbus

Decarbonisation of production sites in the north with hydrogen applications

Promoter: Hamburg Airport
Partners involved: part of North German Real Lab (NRL - Norddeutsches Reallabor)

Switching intralogistics vehicles to alternative drive systems, construction of an electrolyser to supply the airport's own fuel cell vehicle fleet

Promoter: Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG (HHLA)

Development and commissioning of fuel cell-powered industrial trucks (van carriers)

Promoter: Hamburg Port Authority

Provision of hydrogen filling stations for locomotives, ships, and lorries, construction and deployment of hydrogen-powered ships

Promoter: Hynamics
Partners involved: Holcim Deutschland, Ørsted und Raffinerie Heide GmbH

In the HySCALE100 project, numerous companies work together to implement hydrogen production on a large scale and to decarbonise two basic industries – petrochemicals …

Partners involved: Vattenfall, Arge Netz, MAN Energy Solutions

Electrolysis capacity of 50 MWel, production of over 22 t of hydrogen per day, partial methanation and natural gas feed-in

Partners involved: Gasnetz Hamburg, Enercity contracting, HAW Hamburg, Bezirk Bergedorf

Heat supply for a residential neighbourhood with an increasing hydrogen percentage of up to 30% to supply two CHP units and two peak-load boilers

Promoter: Stadtreinigung Hamburg
Partners involved: part of North German Real Lab (NRL - Norddeutsches Reallabor)

Trial operation of two large road sweepers and two refuse collection vehicles powered by fuel cells

Promoter: Stadtreinigung Hamburg

Electricity from the thermal utilisation of residual materials that cannot be recycled is to be used for the green production of hydrogen via electrolysis

Promoter: KMW Wind to Gas Energy GmbH & Co. KG

Electrolysis, hydrogen filling station and natural gas grid feed-in

About Katja Löwe

As part of the EEHH team, I can combine my know-how with my passion: networking, events and social media for my heart's topic, "renewables". In particular, the diverse applications of green hydrogen have fascinated and accompanied me and my professional career since 2011. Most recently, I worked at Hamburg Messe und Congress GmbH, where I was able to expand the content of the conference fair "H2Expo" and then integrate the topic of hydrogen & sector coupling into the international trade fair "WindEnergy Hamburg".

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