Longtime pipeline infrastructure partners GASCADE and Fluxys join forces on two major projects to shape the German hydrogen economy: doing hydrogen and AquaDuctus.
As part of Germany’s decarbonization efforts, this infrastructure will connect demand centers with onshore and offshore hydrogen production.
Doing hydrogen is a massive pipeline project in eastern Germany that aims to jumpstart the hydrogen market there by 2027. For the eastern German hydrogen grid, the GASCADE-Fluxys project calls for constructing a new 50-kilometer hydrogen pipeline from the Baltic Sea region around Rostock all the way to the south. Hydrogen production, storage, and demand will all be connected through this system, making it a potent node in the hydrogen supply chain.
Phased offshore pipeline AquaDuctus transports hydrogen generated by wind farms in the North Sea into Germany’s onshore hydrogen grid efficiently. AquaDuctus’ first phase, which will connect Heligoland’s offshore electrolyzers to the mainland, is expected to be completed by the end of 2026. Up to one million tons of hydrogen will be transported into Germany through the AquaDuctus offshore pipeline system by 2035.
Achieving the EU Green Deal and the RePower EU decarbonization goals will be impossible without the GASCADE-Fluxys hydrogen pipeline projects. As a result, the German Federal Ministry for Economic and Climate Action has selected them as one of the most important European projects (IPCEI).