You are here:
  • Hydrogen: “green” gas for Bremerhaven

Hydrogen: “green” gas for Bremerhaven

Green hydrogen from wind energy - Fraunhofer IWES is building a model project

The Fraunhofer Institute for Wind Energy Systems (IWES) is building an electrolysis test field as part of a model project to make “green” hydrogen. The aim is to store electricity generated from renewable sources by converting it via electrolysis into hydrogen.
The model project is running for an initial two years. From January 2020, the largest hangar on the former airfield is to use the electricity from an eight-megawatt wind turbine to produce hydrogen via electrolysis, with the intention that the product can in future be used in industry or the mobility sector. The process is to be validated and optimised by a body not tied to any particular manufacturer.

In future, the aim will be to give private-sector clients the possibility in a research facility to test the electrical characteristics of new electrolysers in combination with the fluctuating electricity levels generated from renewable sources. Modern control and monitoring systems for grid stabilisation using hydrogen storage as well as storage methods are also to be researched and developed.

In addition to the test structure, funding will also go towards the trialling of fields of application. The aim of the research is to attain a hydrogen-based carbon-neutral supply in four sectors, for example making alternative fuels practicable for the maritime sector and shipping.

ERDF Bremen 2014 - 2020
Degree of priority / area of funding
Priority Axis 3 – The Climate Change Axis
Specific objective 9: Establishing and applying new technologies to cut carbon emissions in the commercial sector
Total volume of money (in €)
Proportion of funds
of which national public funding: €9,891,650
of which ERDF funding: €9,891,650
01.01.2020 - 31.12.2021
City of Bremerhaven
Ms. Maja Pfeifer
Ministry of Science and Ports
Division 34
Zweite Schlachtpforte 3,
28195 Bremen
Tel.: +49 421 361-8582
Fax: +49 421 496-8582