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Districts in north-west Brandenburg rely on hydrogen

The districts of Oberhavel, Ostprignitz-Ruppin and Prignitz want to support the development of a regional hydrogen economy. While there is great potential for the production of so-called green hydrogen in the region, the number of possible users is still manageable. This is the result of a study commissioned by the three districts, which was presented on Thursday.

the counties Oberhavel, Ostprignitz-Ruppin and Prignitz want to support the development of a regional hydrogen economy. While there is great potential for the production of so-called green hydrogen in the region, the number of possible users is still manageable. This is the result of a study commissioned by the three districts, which was presented on Thursday.

“The topic has picked up speed in recent weeks,” said Egmont Hamelow, first councilor for the district Oberhavel. The current energy crisis highlights the need to become more independent in the production and consumption of energy. “Now this momentum is there,” emphasized Irene Seemann, Managing Director of Rebel Deutschland GmbH, who was involved in preparing the study.

In the region, significantly more electricity is currently being generated from wind energy than is being consumed, explained Anne Schalling from the Reiner Lemoine Institute for Renewable Energies in Berlin. greener hydrogen energy can be stored and excess electricity can be made usable again through the chemical process of electrolysis.

The study sees potential buyers of energy from hydrogen in the areas of industry, transport and buildings. Specifically, the authors of the study propose three pilot projects: Companies around the Wittstock/Dosse motorway triangle are to be converted to climate-neutral green hydrogen. In another project, so-called H2 hubs for rural mobility are to be created in order to be able to use green hydrogen, especially in rail transport. A third pilot project aims at storing excess electricity enable.

dpa