Niedersachsens Wasserstoff-Karte

Niedersachsens Wasserstoff-Karte

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Niedersachsens Wasserstoff-Karte 

Die Wasserstoff-Karte: Niedersachsens Projekte auf einen Blick! Wo entstehen welche Projekte? Was ist in Planung? Was in der Umsetzung?

Auf der Wasserstoff-Karte für Niedersachsen können Sie einsehen, was für Projekte in Ihrer Region bereits bestehen und sich dort ggf. einbringen. Auch erleichtern wir damit das Finden von ähnlichen Projekten, die Kontaktaufnahme sowie den Erfahrungsaustausch mit anderen Projektierern. Darüber hinaus bietet die Karte auch bei potentiellen Ansiedlungen einen besseren Überblick – beispielsweise, wo Leitungen verlaufen werden und wo Wasserstoff-Quellen und -Senken entstehen. Auch viele Forschungsprojekte sind in der Karte verzeichnet.

„Niedersachsen hat das Potenzial, zur Drehscheibe für Grünen Wasserstoff zu werden. Um das zu erreichen, müssen wir uns zusammenschließen und die Akteurinnen und Akteure aus Politik, Forschung und Wirtschaft in den Austausch kommen. Die neue interaktive Karte bietet dafür die prägnante Übersicht, die nötig ist“, so Christian Meyer, Niedersächsischer Minister für Umwelt, Energie und Klimaschutz.

Regionalministerin Wiebke Osigus: „Mit dem Relaunch ist eine hervorragende Basis für Infos zu den vielfältigen Wasserstoffaktivitäten in Niedersachsen gelegt. Die Karte bietet nicht nur einen guten Überblick, sondern hat auch großes Potenzial für weitere und noch umfassendere Nutzungen. Das hilft uns beim Hochlauf der Wasserstoffwirtschaft in Niedersachsen.“

Wirtschaftsminister Olaf Lies: „Niedersachsen ist die Energiedrehscheibe Deutschlands. Wir haben frühzeitig die Bedeutung der Wasserstoffwirtschaft für den Klimaschutz und für die wirtschaftliche Entwicklung Norddeutschlands erkannt. Die Karte zeigt sehr deutlich: Wir sind Vorreiter, wenn es um den Ausbau der Wasserstoffwirtschaft in Deutschland geht.“

Um alle Informationen auf einen Blick zugänglich zu machen, haben wir den Relaunch der Wasserstoff-Karte vorangetrieben, die das Niedersächsische Ministerium für Bundes- und Europaangelegenheiten und Regionale Entwicklung bereits 2020 mit dem LGLN Landesamt für Geoinformation und Landesvermessung Niedersachsen ins Leben gerufen hat.

Bei der konstanten Weiterentwicklung der Karte arbeiten NWN und die niedersächsische Landesregierung eng zusammen, um so ein umfassendes Bild der Wasserstoff-Aktivitäten, insbesondere für Industrie und Forschung zu geben.

Hydrogen Industry Guide

Hydrogen Industry Guide

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Contact person for the press:

Lis Flower

Lower Saxony Hydrogen Network


Tel: 01516 1987247


Paul Kurze

Innovation Center Lower Saxony GmbH


Tel: 0152 34615330


Contact for companies:

Larissa El Lahib 

Lower Saxony Business Associations e.V.


Tel: 0511 8505 312

Hydrogen industry guide links companies, projects and science

Hydrogen is a central building block for the energy transition. In order for the hydrogen economy to ramp up quickly, it is necessary to network the players along the entire value chain. The Lower Saxony Hydrogen Network (NWN) is therefore launching an industry guide in the matchmaking platform innomatch, operated by startup.niedersachsen at the Innovation Center Lower Saxony (IZ) and adapted to the needs of the hydrogen economy, together with the network partner Unternehmerverbände Niedersachsen (UVN).  

Hereby, the NWN creates an overview of companies as well as scientific institutions that are active in the hydrogen sector and mediates offers and requests in a precisely fitting manner. The AI-based matchmaking algorithm proactively supports the digital H2 marketplace in the search for potential customers, partners, service providers, component manufacturers and system suppliers.

Any organization that registers for free at innomatch and joins the hydrogen section can participate. How to become part of the hydrogen area is explained in a few steps in the instructions.

Christian Meyer, Minister of Energy for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

"We now need speed in the energy transition in order to achieve our ambitious climate targets. On the one hand, we need to network suitable partners within the energy sector as quickly as possible, but we also need to create synergy and efficiency effects beyond this through sector coupling. This is exactly what the NWN was founded for, and with the intelligent networking of the players, we are now bringing even more speed to the transformation."

Olaf Lies, Minister of Economics of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia

"Lower Saxony recognized the importance of the hydrogen economy for climate protection and the economic development of the North at an early stage and therefore actively participated in the development and implementation of the North German Hydrogen Strategy. Given the advantages of Northern Germany, we are already pioneers when it comes to the expansion of the hydrogen economy in Germany. With innomatch Lower Saxony, the Innovation Center Lower Saxony (IZ) provides a matchmaking platform to connect partners from different sectors in a smart and uncomplicated way so that new, innovative projects can be created."

Benedikt Hüppe, Deputy General Manager of the Lower Saxony Business Associations (UVN)

"Lower Saxony has the best prerequisites for driving forward the transformation of the economy with hydrogen as an important building block. Through stronger, intelligent networking, the state can get even more out of itself. The NWN hydrogen industry guide at innomatch niedersachsen creates a space for all H2 stakeholders to share ideas and initiate new projects. Through the industry guide, we want to accelerate the development of the hydrogen economy. At the same time, the project is a prime example of the possibilities of digitalization in the development and support of new economic sectors."

Tobias Wedler, head of the startup.niedersachsen office at the Innovation Center and Kevin Bruns, innomatch topic manager:

"In our innovation community, people with the same interests find each other without having to know in advance who or what they are looking for. The platform is based on artificial intelligence that precisely analyzes the profiles and behavior of users. The algorithm then matches ideas, offers, and skills with requests, jobs, or funding programs - in compliance with data protection laws, free of charge, and uncomplicated. Our target group is broad, basically the entire innovation ecosystem in Lower Saxony. We want to connect all the key players with each other and look forward to doing this in the future together with the Lower Saxony Hydrogen Network in the hydrogen field on innomatch."

Information session

Those interested can attend a digital introduction to the tool on April 24 from 13:00-14:30. Click here to register

EU defines renewable hydrogen

EU defines renewable hydrogen

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EU Commission defines renewable hydrogen

Hydrogen is a central component of the energy transformation. For this, it is important that renewable (green) hydrogen is used in the future. The EU Commission has recently published a delegated act that defines theconditions under which electricity may be used for hydrogen production and when the resulting hydrogen is recognizedas "renewable". The delegated act focuses on hydrogen of non-biogenic origin. This means that primarily hydrogen from electrolysis is meant and not from methane pyrolysis.

Renewable hydrogen 

Source: NWN/Daniel George

Larissa El Lahib, business lawyer and project manager on the part of the Lower Saxony Business Associations (UVN) in the NWN, explains the draft:

There are different possibilities when electricity for the production of hydrogen in an electrolyser can be considered renewable. which can be found in Article 3 and Article 4. For example, in the case of electricity from the grid, it is counted as renewable for hydrogen production if the following conditions are met at the electrolyzer:

  • is located in a power bid zone with a RE share of more than 90 percent,
  • or it is located in an electricity bidding zone with an emission intensity of electricity generation of less than 18 g CO2e per MJ / 65 g CO2e per kWh
  • or if the criteria of additionality and the conditions of temporal and spatial correlation are present.

At this means:

  • "Additionality": e.g., a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been entered into for electricity from a RE facility and the electricity is from a RE facility that was commissioned no earlier than 36 months prior to the electrolyzer. In addition, there must be no public subsidy.

There would be a transition period for projects placed in service before January 1, 2028.

  • "temporal correlation": e.g. the RES-E was produced in the same hour as the hydrogen. However, this is not to apply until 2030. Until the end of 2029, the RES-E may be produced in the same month as the hydrogen. In addition, Article 6 must be observed here.
  • "Geographical correlation": e.g., RES-E and hydrogen were basically generated in the same electricity bidding zone (Article 7).

Where do we go from here? The EU Parliament and Council now have two months to consider the two pieces of legislation. They can either be adopted or rejected, but not amended.


Assessments from the industry

Source: NWN/Daniel GeorgeDr. Alexander Bedrunka, Technical Officer at KEAN and Project Manager NWN On the meaning of the Delegated Act and the definition: 

We have waited two years for this decision and have thus been on the brakes for two years in terms of transformation. We therefore welcome the fact that the Delegated Act is finally available and thus ensures planning security for companies.

The industry was concerned in advance that the regulations would be too detailed - the EU is meeting this concern with a gradual introduction, in particular the temporal correlation. Nevertheless, there is criticism: From 2028, the regulations would unnecessarily restrict production for electrolysers and increase the costs of domestic hydrogen production.  

Environmental associations are pleased with the decision to link hydrogen production to the expansion of renewable electricity in order to counteract a slowdown in expansion. At the same time, however, they criticize the fact that hydrogen from nuclear power is recognized as renewable in France and Sweden. In principle, the EU rules should also be read here as meaning that the expansion of renewables must be accelerated. 

Even though the current focus is often on America and the Inflation Reduction Act, Europe is considered a pioneer worldwide with this bill. No other country has such a comprehensive set of regulations defining renewable hydrogen. 


In conversation with Tobias Moldenhauer from EWE

In conversation with Tobias Moldenhauer from EWE

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Tobias Moldenhauer, Head of Hydrogen in the Hydrogen and Large-scale Storage business area at EWE AG in Oldenburg.

"What it needs now is a hydrogen acceleration bill".

TES-H2 and EWE are planning to build a 500 MW electrolyzer at the Wilhelmshaven Green Energy Hub. With this, the two companies are taking another important step for the energy transition.

The electrolyzer is scheduled to come on stream from 2028. The capacity will initially be 500 megawatts, and will later be expanded to a total capacity of 1 gigawatt with another planned plant. The signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two companies is in line with Germany's energy strategy to extract clean energy from the North Sea and expand supplies for hydrogen production. More info on the project can be found here.

Lis Blume from the NWN took this cooperation as an opportunity to talk to Tobias Moldenhauer, Head of Hydrogen in the Hydrogen and Large Storage Business Unit of EWE AG.


Tobias, together with TES-H2, EWE is building a 500 MW electrolyzer in Wilhelmshaven. In a second step, the capacity is then to be expanded to 1 GW. Can you briefly describe the significance of this project for the energy transition in Lower Saxony and Germany? 

We are firmly convinced that the energy transition and the associated shift away from fossil fuels will succeed with green hydrogen. In this way, we are creating a way to make renewable energies storable. Green hydrogen will thus become an important component of the energy future in the region where the best conditions exist for the center of a green, European hydrogen economy: northwest Germany. Here in the region, the share of renewable energies is high and there are numerous infrastructure components, such as gas storage facilities and one of the largest gas distribution networks in Germany. All the measures and projects build on each other and have a common goal: to drive the market ramp-up of the hydrogen economy. We want to tackle and drive this forward together with partners like TES. To this end, we recently sealed a joint declaration of intent.

This is not your first project in the hydrogen economy. What "learnings" from the other projects can you apply here?

We are still at the beginning of numerous hydrogen projects along the entire value chain, from generation, transport and storage to application in industry and heavy-duty transport. We are cooperating with other companies and jointly developing ideas and projects to drive the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy. We already have a hydrogen production demonstrator in operation and a hydrogen filling station, and others are currently being implemented. Of course, we are also taking the findings from this into the development of large-scale projects. We are also already creating facts in hydrogen storage. We are currently building a test cavern in Rüdersdorf, Brandenburg, and together with DLR are testing the storage and retrieval of hydrogen in an underground cavity and the quality of the hydrogen after it has been removed from the cavern. We already reached an important milestone a few weeks ago: The 1,000-meter supply line to the cavern has been proven to be leak-proof.

For other hydrogen projects, such as Clean Hydrogen Coastline or Hyways for Future, EWE has submitted funding applications to the state and federal governments. Not this time. Why?

In order to be able to submit a funding application, concrete preliminary project planning is first necessary. With the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between EWE and TES-H2, i.e. a joint declaration of intent, we are only now entering into this preliminary planning. As things stand, we will therefore also be dependent on subsidies for this electrolysis project.

The new government of Lower Saxony is talking about Germany's speed and energy transition turbo for such projects. Has the turbo already arrived in practice?

We very much hope that approval processes will become leaner for energy transition projects. With the new LNG Acceleration Act, Germany has shown that this is possible. What is needed now is an appropriate legal framework for the swift implementation of all energy transition projects, for example through a hydrogen acceleration law.

You want to get the green electricity for electrolysis from the wind farms in the North Sea. Will offshore wind be developed to the point where sufficient energy is available for electrolysis by 2028?

The expansion of renewables - whether onshore or offshore wind energy - naturally goes hand in hand with the expansion of the hydrogen economy. We therefore assume that by the time our planned electrolyzer in Wilhelmshaven goes into operation in 2028, the expansion of wind energy will have progressed accordingly, so that we do not fear any bottleneck in the procurement of green electricity for hydrogen production. We are of course in close consultation with the grid operators on this.

Thank you very much.



Jordan- an exporter of hydrogen?

Jordan- an exporter of hydrogen?

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Hydrogen from Jordan despite water shortage?

The goal of the Lower Saxony state government is to make Lower Saxony a gateway and hub for renewable energies. With its deep-sea ports, the state has ideal conditions for importing green hydrogen. The EU has already signed agreements with Namibia and Egypt for such energy partnerships. Jordan is also considering getting into the export of hydrogen.

Jordan has an average of about 300 sunny days per year - and can potentially generate high amounts of renewable PV electricity. This means that the country in principle offers good conditions for the development of a hydrogen economy and the export of green hydrogen. On the other hand, however, the amount of water in the country is limited, so conflicts of use could arise.

Within the framework of the Wuppertal Institute and supported by the foreign office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Jordan, possibilities for the development of a hydrogen economy in Jordan were discussed - taking into account the critical situation in the water sector. NWN project manager Dr. Alexander Bedrunka was represented in the dialogue and reports on the situation in Jordan.

At the end of September, the first part of the dialog started with the visit of a Jordanian delegation to Wuppertal. Here, in addition to various presentations around the topics of water and hydrogen, practical examples such as the waste incineration plant in Wuppertal were shown. Dr. Alexander Bedrunka was invited to present the hydrogen economy in Lower Saxony as well as lighthouse projects that could be of interest to Jordan. "In recent years, a large number of hydrogen projects along the entire value chain have emerged in Lower Saxony. For representatives from a country like Jordan, which is still at the very beginning of hydrogen, it was therefore interesting to see how diverse the projects are in our country," said Bedrunka.

The second part of the dialogue took place at the end of October with a German delegation in Jordan, where Dr. Alexander Bedrunka was also represented. The aim of the workshop was to identify potential hydrogen applications for Jordan from the point of view of the existing water shortage.


Building a hydrogen economy in Jordan - what are the options for action?



"Unlike Lower Saxony with its steel industry, Jordan does not have an industry that requires large quantities of hydrogen for decarbonization and thus would justify the development of a large-scale hydrogen economy for domestic benefit. Furthermore, the long-term storage capability of hydrogen is also not imperative, as Jordan has an average of 300 days of sunshine per year. Therefore, battery and pumped storage are more likely to be used to store excess energy."


Dr. Alexander Bedrunka, NWN Project Manager

Source: NWN/Rainer Jensen

Jordan's second largest CO2 emitter after industry is the mobility sector with 45%. To reduce CO2 emissions, Jordan is investing heavily in electric mobility. Currently, 40,000 battery electric vehicles are registered and 1,000 e-vehicles are added every month. The use of hydrogen, especially for special-purpose and commercial vehicles, could accelerate CO2 reduction, but this would require an H2 refueling infrastructure to be built in parallel with charging stations, similar to the one in Germany.

In addition, it initially makes sense to use the renewable electricity from PV systems for self-consumption, since currently 84% of the energy demand in Jordan is still covered by energy imports. In order to reduce the import share, a massive expansion of renewable energies is therefore taking place. The 2030 targets of meeting 14% of primary energy demand and 31% of electricity demand via renewable energy were (expected to be) already achieved in 2021. "Due to the high PV potential, the question in Jordan is whether hydrogen has a future as an export product," Bedrunka explained.

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Hydrogen despite water shortage? On delegation trip in Jordan at the workshop.

Water shortage limits potential hydrogen production

It is imperative to take a look at the water sector in Jordan. Basically, there is less water available in Jordan than is needed. The demand is continuously increasing due to the influx of refugees from neighboring countries. At the same time, the country's water supply is declining. Much water is needed for domestic agriculture. "So the production of hydrogen is also always in conflict with other water uses. This does not mean that hydrogen cannot be produced in Jordan in principle, because exporting hydrogen offers some potential for the country from an economic point of view. On the other hand, this export, which would indirectly involve the export of water, is proving difficult," Bedrunka said. Based on the various impulses during the workshop, which came from the different sectors, working groups identified both positive effects and negative consequences from the use of hydrogen in Jordan. Based on this, the participants developed proposals for solutions as to what the next steps for the topic of hydrogen in Jordan could look like.


"Since there are no major drivers for building a hydrogen economy, decentralized pilot projects should be initiated first," Bedrunka said of the outcome of the delegation trip. "One focus can be on holistic projects that do not focus exclusively on hydrogen in electrolysis, but take into account sector coupling, i.e., using the remaining byproducts such as waste heat and oxygen. These projects should also lead to building hydrogen expertise in Jordan and training relevant professionals."

The Lower Saxony Hydrogen Network wants to continue to accompany the situation in Jordan in the future and participate in the initiation of pilot projects. If you are basically interested in participating in possible pilot projects in Jordan, please feel free to contact us at netzwerk[at] As soon as it goes into a more concrete phase of project development, we will contact you.



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The Green Hydrogen Economy: Hydrogen Projects at a Glance

There are already more than 80 projects along the hydrogen value chain in Lower Saxony. The current brochure of the NWN gives an overview of projects in hydrogen production, import, storage and infrastructure, mobility and industry as well as education and research.

The brochure is available in German and in English.

For a successful energy transition, we need clean energy sources. However, many energy-intensive processes, for example in the steel or chemical industries, cannot be electrified. To replace fossil fuels, a far-reaching transformation process must get underway - and hydrogen as a CO2-free alternative plays a crucial role in this. As an area and coastal state, Lower Saxony has optimal conditions for the production of green hydrogen. In this way, Lower Saxony is making a significant contribution to achieving climate neutrality throughout Germany by 2045.

There are already more than 80 projects in Lower Saxony's hydrogen landscape. The map in the brochure shows where regional clusters are forming, whose individual projects can then in turn benefit from each other and continue to grow. In the future, the growing infrastructure will enable the hydrogen start-up network to extend from the Netherlands through Lower Saxony to Denmark. But decentralized projects will also play an increasingly important role in future energy supply and security. More information on projects in the areas of production, import, storage, infrastructure, mobility, industry, as well as education and research can be found in the brochure.