(Hem­ming­st­edt, April 7, 2021) In mid-March 2021, the WESTKÜSTE100 project received fund­ing of 6.5 mil­lion euros from the Fed­er­al Min­istry of Eco­nom­ic Affairs and Ener­gy (BMWi) to expand and rein­force a cavern. 

The BMWi is thus fund­ing anoth­er impor­tant ele­ment of the WESTKÜSTE100 real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry project. Hydro­gen is set to be stored in a cav­ern not far from the refin­ery site in the future in order to con­vert the avail­able wind ener­gy into a con­tin­u­ous stream of hydro­gen for indus­tri­al use. Cav­erns close to the refin­ery in Hem­ming­st­edt are cur­rent­ly already used to store gov­ern­ment reserves of oil and fuels. With the fund­ing to turn the cav­ern into a hydro­gen stor­age facil­i­ty, the cross-indus­try part­ner­ship involv­ing Hynam­ics Deutsch­land, Hol­cim Deutsch­land, OGE, Ørst­ed Deutsch­land, Raf­finer­ie Hei­de, Stadtwerke Hei­de, Thü­ga und thyssenk­rupp Indus­tri­al Solu­tions – togeth­er with the Region Hei­de devel­op­ment agency and the West­küste Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences – has reached anoth­er impor­tant mile­stone for mak­ing an active con­tri­bu­tion to the ener­gy tran­si­tion and fur­ther­ing decar­bon­i­sa­tion efforts.

Back­ground: The ‘WESTKÜSTE100 real-world lab­o­ra­to­ry’ project 

The idea behind the WESTKÜSTE100 project is to cre­ate a region­al hydro­gen econ­o­my on an indus­tri­al scale in Schleswig-Hol­stein. At the heart of the project is the research and devel­op­ment approach focused on pro­duc­ing green hydro­gen from off­shore wind ener­gy and using the waste heat and oxy­gen that are gen­er­at­ed in the process. The green hydro­gen is then set to be used to pro­duce envi­ron­men­tal­ly friend­ly fuels for air­craft and fed into the gas grid to sup­ply heat. Hydro­gen from elec­trol­y­sis and unavoid­able CO2 from region­al cement pro­duc­tion in Schleswig-Hol­stein is used in the fuel man­u­fac­tur­ing process.

Alexan­der Janke | PLÜCOM
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