Shell, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Vattenfall and Wärme Hamburg have signed a letter of intent to develop a project to produce green hydrogen from wind and solar power
Together, they are examining the potential to do so at the Hamburg-Moorburg power plant.
In addition to constructing a scalable electrolyser with an initial output of 100 MW, in the longer term they plan to develop a ‘Green Energy Hub’ and explore the extent to which existing infrastructure at Moorburg could be used to generate energy from renewables.
Subject to a final investment decision, once the site has been cleared, production of green hydrogen could start in 2025.
Shell Germany chief executive Fabian Ziegler said, “Green hydrogen will play an important role in the energy system.” He highlighted the company’s interest in developments along the green hydrogen value chain, from electricity produced by offshore windfarms to supplying green hydrogen for transport and other industrial uses.
The project partners intend to apply for funding under the EU’s ‘Important Projects of Common European Interest’ programme. The application is expected to take place in Q1 2021 with the submission of an initial project outline.
The Moorburg site is connected to a 380,000-volt transmission network and 110,000-volt network used by the City of Hamburg. The site also enables ships to call at it and use the quay and port facilities as an import terminal. The municipal gas network company also intends to expand a hydrogen network in the port and is already working on the necessary distribution infrastructure. Numerous potential customers for green hydrogen are located close to the site.
For many years, Moorburg was the site of a gas-fired power plant operated by Hamburgische Electricitäts-Werke. Until recently, Vattenfall operated a coal-fired power plant there.