(Hei­de, Octo­ber 20, 2021) After more than one year of project work under coro­na con­di­tions, the con­sor­tium of Reallabor (real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry) WESTKÜSTE100 met for its first part­ner meet­ing main­ly in pres­ence. Lead­ing com­pa­ny rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the cross-indus­try joint project and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Fed­er­al Min­istry for Eco­nom­ic Affairs and Ener­gy (BMWi) and the Project Man­age­ment Jülich (PtJ) came togeth­er for a first per­son­al exchange at the FH West­küste Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences or were con­nect­ed nationwide.

The pres­i­dent of the FH West­küste Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences Prof. Dr. Kat­ja Kuhn as host, the net­work coor­di­na­tor of the real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry WESTKÜSTE100 and man­ag­ing direc­tor of the Hei­de refin­ery Jür­gen Wollschläger as well as Dr. Tobias Hef­fels from the BMWi wel­comed the con­sor­tium part­ners and affirmed the need for a Green Econ­o­my. Dr. Hef­fels empha­sized the impor­tance of cre­at­ing the reg­u­la­to­ry frame­work for a hydro­gen econ­o­my. “WESTKÜSTE100 is a very impor­tant light­house project that demon­strates how sec­tor cou­pling based on green hydro­gen can con­tribute to the ener­gy transition.”

At the first part­ner meet­ing, the agen­da includ­ed the cur­rent sta­tus of the main work pack­ages, sched­ul­ing and the legal frame­work. Work on the tech­ni­cal side is run­ning at full speed, with plans for the elec­trolyz­er, cav­ern and pipeline basi­cal­ly on sched­ule. The WEST­KÜSTE100-project is not respon­si­ble for changes in leg­is­la­tion and reg­u­la­tion, which are pro­ceed­ing less rapid­ly than the con­sor­tium had assumed when plan­ning the project two years ago, but which form impor­tant foun­da­tions for the imple­men­ta­tion of some sub­pro­jects. In par­tic­u­lar, the future shape of EU reg­u­la­tion (Renew­able Ener­gy Direc­tive RED II) remains impor­tant for the project. “As a research project, we are on a good way and in close dia­logue with the BMWi and the PtJ,” said Jür­gen Wollschläger. The BMWi praised the sys­temic approach and the view of scal­a­bil­i­ty of the “first approved real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry of the ener­gy tran­si­tion on the top­ic of hydro­gen,” because, accord­ing to Dr. Hef­fels, “WESTKÜSTE100 inspires!”

Back­ground: The project “Reallabor WESTKÜSTE100”.
The real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry WESTKÜSTE100 project aims to devel­op a region­al hydro­gen econ­o­my on an indus­tri­al scale in the fed­er­al state of Schleswig-Hol­stein. The core of the project is the research and devel­op­ment approach to pro­duce green hydro­gen from off­shore wind ener­gy and to use the result­ing heat and oxy­gen. In fol­low-up projects, the green hydro­gen will be used both for the pro­duc­tion of cli­mate-friend­ly fuels (syn­fu­els) and fed into gas grids for heat sup­ply. For fuel pro­duc­tion, hydro­gen from elec­trol­y­sis and unavoid­able CO2 from region­al cement pro­duc­tion in Schleswig-Hol­stein will be used for the man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the project can be found at www.westkueste100.de

Alexan­der Janke | PLÜCOM
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