"Living labs" for hydrogen in Eastern Germany
With a funding of EUR 100 million per year, the federal government will support research projects focusing on new technologies for the "Energiewende", especially in the field of hydrogen and integrated energy. Another EUR 200 million will be particularly dedicated to "living labs for energy transition" ('Reallabore der Energiewende') in regions affected by structural change. The program shall enable companies in cooperation with partners from science and research to test the real operation of new technologies in their region.
Two of those test fields for hydrogen will be located in Saxony-Anhalt and one in Brandenburg:
- In Leuna, the world’s largest electrolysis plant for green hydrogen will be built by a consortium of Siemens, Linde AG and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems.
- Another electrolysis plant will be set up in Bad Lauchstädt. Morever, the team surrounding the local gas provider VNG will explore the use of underground caverns for energy storage.
- In addition to electrolysis and energy storage, the focus of the project in Schwarze Pumpe (Brandenburg) will be on the establishment of a supply chain, for instance, to provide hydrogen to the regional bus company and a large chemical plant.
In addition to hydrogen, other labs will concentrate on energy-optimized quarters and energy storage. Four of them will also be located in Eastern Germany.