Projects

Our hydrogen projects: Initiatives for the energy transition. 

The climate protection goals are most efficiently achieved with renewable electricity and green gases, especially hydrogen because it is carbon-free and can be used in all areas: households, small commercial enterprises, industry, transport, power generation and for the storage of renewable electricity. We at OGE are working to create a Germany-wide hydrogen network and have already launched the first few projects to plan and trial sustainable solutions. 

For the energy transition to be successful, CO2-containing energy sources such as coal will have to be replaced by carbon-free sources. Hydrogen has a key role to play here. It enables the decarbonisation of a wide range of customer segments and also allows the seasonal storage of renewable electricity.

Our existing natural gas pipelines will be key on the way towards achieving climate neutrality. They already connect sources of supply with large energy consumers and storage facilities and can be gradually converted to hydrogen. Manageable conversion and newbuild projects will help make existing infrastructure available as cost-effectively and as quickly as possible.

We are looking to establish a Germany-wide, publicly accessible hydrogen network. The idea is to create a hydrogen market with a large number of suppliers and demanders. To this end, we are participating in hydrogen projects together with important industrial partners and are taking the first steps towards putting this vision into practice.

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Our hydrogen projects:

GET H2 Nucleus

The GET H2 partners BP, Evonik, Nowega, OGE and RWE Generation want to jointly build the first publicly accessible hydrogen infrastructure. The GET H2 Nucleus project combines the production of green hydrogen with industrial customers in Lower Saxony and NRW. The approximately 130-kilometer network from Lingen to Gelsenkirchen will be the first H2 network in the regulated area with non-discriminatory access and transparent prices.

Project GET H2 Nucleus

Westküste 100

This project is about creating a regional hydrogen network on the basis of a 30 MW electrolysis plant connected to the grid of a municipal utility. The end-to-end hydrogen value chain will include industrial customers, a hydrogen filling station and end users supplied by the municipal utility.

Project Westküste 100

H2morrow

This project will produce hydrogen from natural gas. The CO2 generated in this process will be captured and safely stored in Norway. It will involve building a reformer with a capacity of 1 GW to produce large quantities of so-called "blue hydrogen" on a continuous basis regardless of the weather at comparatively low cost. The quantities are large enough to warrant the conversion of existing natural gas pipelines to hydrogen and then gradually establish a Germany-wide infrastructure. The project will pave the way for the German hydrogen economy.

Project H2morrow

New EHB analysis on demand, supply and transport of hydrogen in Europe published

OGE is member of the European Hydrogen Backbone-Initiative. Recently, the initiative published a unique comprehensive analysis of demand, supply and transport of renewable and low-carbon hydrogen in Europe and the UK. The analysis shows impressively:

The total EU and UK demand for hydrogen in 2050 is expected to be 2,300 TWh.

The supply potentials of blue and green hydrogen in 2050 are expected to meet most of this demand.

Depending on the region, imports will also be necessary in some cases. 

Gas grids are the cheaper option compared to ships for transporting hydrogen, even over several thousand kilometers. This gives imports from neighboring regions, such as North Africa, a strong advantage over imports from other continents.

Hydrogen — the super­molecule and basic building block of the energy system of the future

The OGE Hydrogen Guide can take a look into the future for us. The first film in our new series is about hydrogen and what makes the green supermolecule so interesting for energy systems.