The municipalities of Oberhavel, Ostprignitz-Ruppin, and Prignitz are interested in fostering the growth of a local hydrogen economy. Although the region has a lot of potential for producing so-called green hydrogen, the prospective customer base is still small. This is the outcome of research that the three districts commissioned.
Egmont Hamelow, first councilor for the district of Oberhavel, noted that the subject had gained momentum in recent weeks. The necessity for greater energy independence in terms of both production and consumption is highlighted by the present energy crisis. Irene Seemann, Managing Director of Rebel Deutschland GmbH, who worked on the study’s preparation, highlighted that “now this momentum is present.”
According to Anne Schalling of the Reiner Lemoine Institute for Renewable Energies in Berlin, the amount of power produced by wind energy in the area presently exceeds the amount consumed. Through the chemical process of electrolysis, green hydrogen can store energy and turn surplus power into useable energy once more.
According to the report, buildings, transportation, and industry all have potential customers for hydrogen-based energy. The study’s authors specifically suggest the following three pilot projects: Businesses near the Wittstock/Dosse highway junction will switch to green hydrogen, which is climate neutral. Another initiative aims to develop “H2 hubs for rural mobility” so that green hydrogen may be used, particularly in rail transportation. A third experimental project aims to make it possible to store extra power.