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Regio Plus: Decarbonisation of companies through sector coupling

The Regio Plus project uses the Emsland region as an example to analyse how companies can ensurelow-CO2 production in a future energy system. For this purpose, the current status of the energy system is analysed and, on this basis, it is worked out how companies can be supplied with the necessary energy in the future. The research focuses on the question of possibilities for sector coupling, in which green hydrogen is also to play an important role. 

Against the background of an energy system based predominantly on renewable electricity, the coupling of the electricity, heat and mobility sectors is becoming increasingly important. As the supply of renewable energies in Emsland is currently already quite high, the use of surplus electricity already plays an important role today - which will continue to grow in the future with an increasing supply of renewable energies. Hydrogen can play an important role in this context due to its flexibility and storage capability through technologies such as power-to-gas. The Regio Plus project will therefore analyse various cross-sectional technologies and model a future energy system.

In doing so, the opportunities and risks for companies that arise in the context of transformation are to be highlighted. Ultimately, the research results should provide practice-oriented approaches to solutions for companies. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Regio Plus was launched in July 2019 and will run until June 2022.

Read more about the project here. 

The results were also presented at a conference. Slides and further information can be found here.

Project partners:

Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences, Emsland District, Kuiter, westnetz, Energie Achse Ems, Energieeffizienzagentur Landkreis Emsland, Goldschmidt, Giga Coating, BP Lingen, City of Lingen, Stadtwerke Lingen