Offshore wind power and green hydrogen are topics that Dr Robert Habeck, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, attaches great importance to. So he used his tour of the Hannover Messe on 31 May 2022 to find out about the status quo of the visionary AquaVentus offshore hydrogen park, among other things.
Jörg Singer, first chairman of AquaVentus e.V. and partner of Energieküste, presented the latest developments of the mammoth project in the North Sea at the Energieküste network event Meet the Need. Afterwards, Robert Habeck and Jörg Singer met and discussed, among other things, the continuation of the National Hydrogen Strategy, funding mechanisms and the planned hydrogen pipeline, which is an essential part of the project.
"The advantages of AquaVentus for Germany and Europe are obvious. The concept 'Offshore H2 + Pipeline' is cheaper, faster and more environmentally friendly than many alternatives," explained Jörg Singer, who also holds the office of Mayor of Helgoland. Singer: "In cooperation with riparian states, the concept is expandable on a European scale, future-proof and expandable. This makes hydrogen production at sea a government prospect."
This is probably how Dr Robert Habeck sees it, too: he will "gladly take thoughts and suggestions back to Berlin".
The green energy revolution
The AquaVentus initiative wants to set signals worldwide with climate-friendly hydrogen technology. The groundbreaking project: 10 gigawatts of production capacity for green hydrogen from offshore wind energy by 2035 and its transport by pipeline to land. One million tonnes of green hydrogen per year could thus be produced from Helgoland to the Dogger Bank. The initiative is consisting of highly innovative organisations and research institutions as well as internationally leading companies that are proclaiming a new age of climate-friendly energy with the production of green hydrogen at sea.