(Hem­ming­st­edt, 24 August 2020) On 24 August 2020, the Prime Min­is­ters of the states of Schleswig-Hol­stein and North-Rhine West­phalia, Daniel Gün­ther and Armin Laschet, paid a vis­it to the Hei­de Refin­ery. As part of the ‘Schleswig-Hol­stein – the State for Ener­gy and Sci­ence’ ini­tia­tive, Mr. Gün­ther and Mr. Laschet were giv­en a tour of the site for the Westküste100 (West Coast 100) project by our Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Jür­gen Wollschläger. 

After receiv­ing pos­i­tive news from the Fed­er­al Min­istry for Eco­nom­ic Affairs and Ener­gy regard­ing the grant of fund­ing, approval was giv­en at the start of August for the ‘West­küste 100’ real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry project to become Germany’s first hydro­gen project. Togeth­er with nine cross-indus­try part­ners from the worlds of busi­ness, sci­ence and research, Raf­finer­ie Hei­de is using this project to pur­sue its aim of har­ness­ing wind pow­er in north­ern Ger­many to gen­er­ate ‘green’ hydro­gen on an indus­tri­al scale and achieve decar­bon­i­sa­tion in the trans­port, indus­tri­al and heat­ing sec­tors. The heads of the fed­er­al states of Schleswig-Hol­stein and North-Rhine West­phalia used the recent Fed­er­al announce­ment as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to talk to Mr. Wollschläger and find out more about the project and the planned key dates. 

Dur­ing a tour of the Raf­finer­ie Hei­de site, Mr. Gün­ther and Mr. Laschet were shown the future loca­tion of the elec­trol­y­sis plant, which will have a capac­i­ty of 30 megawatts. The plan­ning, con­struc­tion and com­mis­sion­ing of an elec­trol­y­sis plant is a key part of the five-year project time frame. The ‘green’ hydro­gen pro­duced via the elec­trol­y­sis process will be gen­er­at­ed from off­shore wind pow­er. Stor­age and trans­porta­tion of the hydro­gen and the down­stream pro­duc­tion of syn­thet­ic hydro­car­bons are also part of the West­küste 100 project. Togeth­er with its project part­ners, Raf­finer­ie Hei­de wants to use this sus­tain­able busi­ness mod­el to active­ly shape the trans­for­ma­tion of the ener­gy sys­tem in Ger­many and play a key role in achiev­ing the cli­mate pro­tec­tion tar­gets that have been set.

Green hydro­gen and the trans­for­ma­tion of the ener­gy system
Both the eco­nom­ic stim­u­lus pro­gramme recent­ly pub­lished by Ger­man Gov­ern­ment and the Nation­al Hydro­gen Strat­e­gy adopt­ed on 10 June 2020 are clear sig­nals of the Government’s inten­tion to plan and imple­ment the urgent­ly need­ed invest­ment in cli­mate pro­tec­tion and future clean tech­nolo­gies. This is an essen­tial require­ment for suc­cess­ful­ly being able to go about trans­form­ing the ener­gy sys­tem and cou­pling dif­fer­ent sec­tors. ‘Amid the wind farms and stor­age options in the imme­di­ate vicin­i­ty of the future elec­trol­y­sis process, Schleswig-Holstein’s west coast is an ide­al loca­tion for hydro­gen pro­duc­tion. Fol­low­ing the lat­est deci­sions, the ini­tial course has now been set for suit­able reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work con­di­tions that will per­mit the effi­cient plan­ning of a cross-sec­tor busi­ness mod­el for hydro­gen pro­duc­tion. As one of the pio­neer­ing projects linked to the Nation­al Hydro­gen Strat­e­gy, we are get­ting clos­er to our aim of being able to fly, build and heat in a more sus­tain­able way,’ said Mr. Wollschläger.

WESTKÜSTE 100 project status
Fol­low­ing the approval of the fund­ing grant by the Fed­er­al Min­istry for Eco­nom­ic Affairs and Ener­gy on 3 August 2020, the first phase of the five-year project is now under way. A new­ly formed joint ven­ture, ‘H2 West­küste GmbH’, involv­ing EDF Ger­many, Ørst­ed and the Raf­finer­ie Hei­de, will build a 30-megawatt elec­trol­yser. This will pro­duce green hydro­gen from off­shore wind pow­er, while also pro­vid­ing insights into the oper­a­tion, main­te­nance and man­age­ment of the plant and its util­i­ty val­ue to the grid.

You can find fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the project at www.westkueste100.de.

For press inquiries: 

Cor­po­rate Communication
Nor­bert Weber
Raf­finer­ie Hei­de GmbH
Tel.: +49 (0)481 693 2238
Email: presse@heiderefinery.com

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