North German Living Lab (NRL)


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: 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: 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: H&R Ölwerke Schindler GmbH
Partners involved: INERATEC, Mabanaft

Power-to-Liquid demonstration plant producing synthesis-based alternatives to fossil raw materials

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

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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