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Northern Green Crane

The Northern Green Crane project aims to link hydrogen production in Sweden with demand centers in Central Europe - including Lingen in the Emsland region. To this end, green hydrogen will first be produced in Sweden, which will then be made transportable and storable with the help of a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC). The LOHC is then shipped by sea via Rotterdam and the Ems to Lingen. There, hydrogen will be released from the LOHC in a planned dehydrogenation plant and made usable for local industry and fed into the local hydrogen pipeline network.

News (10/2022): H2 production site relocated from Spain to Sweden

As Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH announced at the beginning of October, the hydrogen production site of the "Green Crane" project will be moved from Spain to Sweden. This gives the project the new name "Northern Green Crane". Since Spain initially wants to meet its own national needs for green hydrogen, the project's H2 production site must be moved to Sweden, the company said. However, the hydrogen landing sites (such as Lingen) are not affected by the change.

According to the National Hydrogen Strategy, a large proportion of green hydrogen will have to be imported to meet Germany's hydrogen needs. The Northern Green Crane project aims to do just that on a large scale. The green hydrogen is to be produced in Sweden using renewable energies such as wind and hydropower and made transportable and storable with the help of LOHC technology.

The green hydrogen can thus first be brought to Rotterdam by sea and then transported to Lingen by barge. In Lingen, Hydrogenious plans to build a dehydrogenation plant that can release hydrogen from the LOHC at a capacity of 12 tons per day. The hydrogen produced in this way will then be made available to local industry or fed into the local hydrogen pipeline network as part of the GET H2 initiative.

Source: Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies

The project is expected to enable the supply of green hydrogen on an industrial scale from 2026. By using the LNG infrastructure, it should then be possible to supply up to 8,000 tons of green hydrogen per year.

The goal of Northern Green Crane is to establish a large-volume European value chain for green hydrogen using LOHC. The project is therefore funded by the Ministry of Economy and Climate Protection and has also been pre-selected as a Hydrogen IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) in 2021 (or its predecessor - see info box below).


Hydrogenious LOHC Technologies GmbH , based in Bavaria, was founded in 2013 and offers solutions for the safe and efficient transport of hydrogen with LOHC technology.

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