The initiative – GET H2
GET H2 wants to establish the core for a nationwide hydrogen infrastructure and thus make the implementation of the energy transition possible. The initiative consists of by companies, municipalities and institutions that are actively committed to creating a competitive hydrogen market. In several projects, the partners of the initiative are driving forward the development of technologies for the production, transport, storage and purchase of green hydrogen (H2). They are planning the realisation of pipeline networks, electrolysis plants in the megawatt range and hydrogen applications in refineries, in the steel industry or in heavy-duty transport.
An overview of GET H2, the idea, the first project in Lingen and the necessary political support is available as PDF for download here:
The vision – A nationwide hydrogen infrastructure for Germany
Germany wants to become greenhouse gas neutral by 2050. This is the goal of the Climate Protection Act. We can only achieve this with several building blocks:
- massively expand renewable energy generation (wind and solar)
- expanding the electricity infrastructure
- convert renewable electricity into hydrogen (power-to-gas, power-to-X)
- build up an infrastructure for hydrogen transport
With hydrogen we can not only store renewable energy. We can also use it where applications cannot be electrified: in refineries, chemical parks, the steel industry, in aviation. In this way, we can avoid generating CO2 in these areas as well.
Together with the transport and storage of hydrogen in existing infrastructures, this is a key to a successful energy transition. In the GET H2 initiative, we are getting the development of the necessary hydrogen infrastructure underway with the coupling of all sectors.
The hydrogen infrastructure 2030
An efficient hydrogen infrastructure including underground storage is an important building block for a secure energy supply. Using existing gas infrastructures, the German transmission system operators have drawn up the draft below for a visionary Germany-wide hydrogen infrastructure. The 5,100-kilometre network is to be built step by step by 2030.
This connects the key locations of refineries, steelworks and the chemical industry as major consumers of hydrogen. The hydrogen network is also the basis for a nationwide supply of hydrogen filling stations. This sketch is part of the current scenario framework of the Gas Network Development Plan 2022-2032, which was adopted as such by the Federal Network Agency.
Graphic: FNB Gas e.V.