H2BrakeCO2 -

Overall hydrogen concept for ports

In the H2BrakeCO2 project, an overall concept for the development of a hydrogen economy in the city of Brake and the surrounding northwest metropolitan region was created. The focus here is on port and logistics processes. The concept is intended to serve as a blueprint for the energy transition in other port cities.

The overall concept of the project funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) as HyExpert considers the production of hydrogen using renewable energies along the entire value chain up to its application. In particular, shipping and road transport were taken into account. Thus, through H2BrakeCO2, the city of Brake can act as a blueprint for a brake on the carbon-based transport economy and contributes to the sustainable design of port and logistics processes in the sense of "smart logistics". The project ran from July 2020 to September 2021.

Following the successful HyExpert project H2BrakeCO2, a hydrogen test field is to be established in the city of Brake with a focus on road freight transport and intralogistics in the port area. In addition to the testing of hydrogen trucks, further concrete steps are to follow with the preparation of feasibility studies for the conversion of handling equipment for which no series vehicles are available on the market today.

Michael Kurz

Mayor of the town of Brake (Unterweser)



Between 2020 and 2021, the H2BrakeCO2 project created an overall concept for the integration of a hydrogen infrastructure in the city of Brake and the surrounding Northwest metropolitan region.


Wirtschaftsförderung Wesermarsch GmbH, Niedersachsen Ports GmbH & Co. KG,, City of Elsfleth, L.I.T. Speditions GmbH, J. Müller AG, DMK Deutsches Milchkontor, Wesermarsch district, Ovelgönne municipality, Nordenham town, Oldenburgisch Ostfriesischer Wasserverband (OOWV), Raiffeisenbank Wesermarsch-Süd, Abeking & Rassmussen Werft, Sperling GmbH, barghorn GmbH, SALTANDPEPPER technology consulting, Brandes innovation, IST mobility Nord, Nautischer Verein Niedersachsen, Verein der Wirtschaftsingenieure im Transportwesen (VdWT), E-Mobis project consortium, Bremerhaven University of Applied Sciences (BWvB).

Associated partners:

Automotive Nordwest e.V., H2BX e.V., COSMO Costumer-Oriented Sustainable Mobility Organisation UG, THHIMA GmbH & Co. KG, Ad.vis Experts GmbH, ANLEG GmbH.

Supported by:

Lower Saxony Ministry for the Environment, Energy, Building and Climate Protection, Metropolregion Nordwest e. V., MdB Mittag, MdL Logemann.