PoWerD– Atlas of Suitable Sites for Power-to-Hydrogen Plant in Germany

Duration: 07/2022 - 12/2024
Contracting Authority/ Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK)
Project Partners:
  • Hochschule Flensburg
  • Rheinland-Pfälzische Technische Universität Kaiserslautern-Landau (RPTU)
  • Deutscher Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband (DWV) e.V.
  • Green Planet Energy eG
  • PLANET – Planungsgruppe für Energie und Technik GbR
  • Greenventory
Website: www.h2-powerd.de
Project Focus:
Modern hydrogen energy storage system accompaind by large solar power plant and wind turbine park.
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Modern hydrogen energy storage system accompaind by large solar power plant and wind turbine park.

The »PoWerD« project is driving forward the expansion of power-to-hydrogen (PtH2) plants. A consortium of research institutions, universities and industry will provide a freely accessible online atlas of potentially suitable sites for power-to-hydrogen plants from 2024. This is intended to support companies in their search for sites for electrolysers and provide hydrogen plant project developers with a simple planning tool.

The appropriate location is of central importance for the development of power-to-hydrogen plants, as local conditions have a strong impact on their economic and ecological potential. For example, the availability of low-cost green electricity, the customer structure for the purchase of the hydrogen produced, or the usability of additional by-products generated during hydrogen production are important decision-making criteria.

In PoWerD, the local conditions are examined with regard to the optimized selection of sites for electrolyzers, taking into account various aspects such as:

  • the use of renewable energy potentials in Germany
  • potential consumers of hydrogen
  • current and future hydrogen infrastructure
  • easing the load on the power grid
  • the use of by-products (heat and oxygen)

By enabling targeted and optimized site selection, the project thus makes a significant contribution to improving the economic efficiency of power-to-hydrogen plants.

The overarching goal of the project is the nationally comprehensive visualization of practical power-to-hydrogen sites. The atlas is to contain representations in the form of maps (Webatlas)
from which the potential for the construction of power-to-hydrogen plants in different scenarios and business models can be ascertained. These maps will be freely accessible on the internet and can subsequently be used by companies (e.g., future power-to-hydrogen plant operators and plant operators and installers) to identify suitable plant locations.

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Research Topic

Electrolysis and Hydrogen Infrastructure

Business Area

Hydrogen Technologies