A secure and stable supply of energy at a stable price is of the utmost importance for private households and companies alike. The use of hydrogen has an important role to play in making production, logistics and local public transport more sustainable and climate-neutral in the long term. At the same time, the element currently poses challenges for which solutions must be developed. As of now, a community of interest in the far north is dedicating itself to this task with the support of REHAU Automotive.
"As a manufacturing company, we need gas for our paint shops, among other things. In view of our sustainability strategy, we are also constantly looking for alternative solutions for energy generation and supply. Hydrogen has potential, but currently still brings challenges with it in terms of production and the necessary infrastructure, which we want to resolve as a community of interest," explains Dominik Glaesser, Head of REHAU Automotive's Brake plant. Together with Glencore Nordenham, Airbus Aerostructures, KRONOS TITAN, DMK Deutsches Milchkontor, USG-Blexen GmbH, Verkehrsbetriebe Wesermarsch, the cities of Nordenham and Brake, the district of Wesermarsch as well as EWE Netz and EWE Gasspeicher, REHAU Automotive would like to work out solutions within the framework of a community of interest.
Among other things, the partners want to create a hydrogen infrastructure in the Wesermarsch region, through which the participating companies and, in the future, other customers can be supplied with hydrogen. Specifically, the construction of a regional hydrogen pipeline network is planned. This is to be connected to the hydrogen transport network, the so-called H2 backbone, so that a direct connection to hydrogen production plants and hydrogen storage facilities is created. The upstream infrastructure is to be built subject to funding approval under the European IPCEI program (Important Project of Common European Interest).
The Wesermarsch is a future-oriented industrial location in a rural area, in the vicinity of the four urban centers of Bremen, Bremerhaven, Oldenburg and Wilhelmshaven. Large industrial companies are located here, as are small and medium-sized enterprises and start-ups.