Energieküste

The Energieküste proves that our future is renewable. For decades, renewable energies have been used to create added value. Here innovations of the renewable energy sector become established on the market – from the very first wind turbines to the use of hydrogen on an industrial scale. We utilise our decades of experience, combine skill sets and set an example for how the energy transition will work.

The administrative districts of North Frisia, Dithmarschen, Steinburg and Pinneberg are incubators for innovation in the field of renewable energies. The Energieküste network is a place where partners can combine their expertise and connect with other stakeholders from around the region. The surplus green energy produced on the Energieküste is the basis for building new value chains in a broad range of fields – from sustainable mobility and big data, to Power-to-X and energy-intensive industries.

The conditions in the region are perfect. The west coast of Schleswig-Holstein is a hotspot for the renewable energy sector – be it production, processing, distribution or storage. The location of the Energieküste between central and northern Europe and its transport links to the metropolis of Hamburg, home to Germany’s largest seaport and an international airport, are also key strengths.

 

Chosen projects at the Energieküste

All Projects
Generation
Hydrogen
Storage
Mobility
Sector coupling
Heat
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Facts and figures

  • 16,315 gigawatt hours of electricity are produced from renewable energy sources on the west coast – this equates to roughly three-quarters of the green electricity generated in Schleswig-Holstein, and almost a tenth of the green electricity generated in Germany.
  • 2,500 installed wind turbines (440 offshore) generating 6,263 MW of power *
  • Economic output of EUR 23.5 billion – predominately from the energy and chemical industries and the maritime sector **
  • At 2,000 ha, ChemCoast Park Brunsbüttel is the largest industrial estate in Schleswig-Holstein
  • 200 ha of industrial and commercial spaces available immediately ***
  • Rapid EV charging points at a maximum of 40 kilometres apart along the A23 / B5 between Hamburg and Denmar

* Statistikamt Nord, annual values for 2018
** National accounts for states: gross domestic product/gross value added, 2017
*** GEMO Westküste, as of December 2019

Aquaculture Glückstadt

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste hea.

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Fraunhofer ISIT

one of Europe’s most state-of-the-art research institutes for microelectronics and microsystems technology.

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Hydrogen production

electrolysis plant in Südermarsch operated by KMW Wind to Gas Energy.

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LNG terminal

the “German LNG Terminal GmbH” joint venture intends to build and operate an LNG import and distribution terminal at a site in Brunsbüttel.

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Windtestfeld-Nord

a test field that facilitates and promotes the testing and certification of new wind energy technologies.

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Aquaculture Friedrichskoog

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste heat.

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Aquaculture Büsum

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste heat.

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Aquaculture Hemmingstedt

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste heat.

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West Coast University of Applied Sciences and the Institute for the Transformation of the Energy System

established research centre for the technologies of the energy transition.

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QUARREE100

this living laboratory is a joint project between the Heide Region Development Agency and the City of Heide, aiming to develop an energy-efficient city district. It is funded by the German Federal Ministries of Education and Research, and for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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KEROSyN100

a Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy-funded project by Raffinerie Heide GmbH. It aims at manufacturing the first synthetic kerosene based on carbon-free methanol.

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Aquaculture Friedrichstadt

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste heat.

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Regenerative energy production and processing

sector coupling, hydrogen, mobility and local heat solutions developed by GP Joule in North Frisia.

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Carbon-free data centre

green data centre with waste heat processing operated by Windcloud 4.0

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Aquaculture Brunsbüttel

sustainable production of fish and other aquatic organisms using renewable energy or industrial waste heat.

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Lithium-ion battery cell development and production

Custom Cells is a world-leading provider in the field of battery cell development.

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Pinneberg district EV fleet

the district of Pinneberg is the first municipal government to have converted its entire fleet to electric vehicles. This was made possible by a complete digital conversion of the fleet use.

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WESTKÜSTE100

a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy as part of the Living Labs for the Energy Transition programme. Wind energy is used to create green hydrogen through electrolysis at  the Refinery Heide. This is then used either directly in the refinery or for testing a cavern storage facility, a new hydrogen pipeline or increased blending in the natural gas network. The company is also testing whether the oxygen generated during electrolysis can be used in a cement plant and combined with the CO2 to produce synthetic hydrocarbon.

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Pilot project "eFarm"

GP Joule's "eFarm" pilot project is the largest green hydrogen mobility project in Germany to date and shows how wind and sun can be used to produce tankable hydrogen and heat. The GP Joule company is building a hydrogen infrastructure from production to processing and use for mobility. The waste heat generated during electrolysis is also used regionally to heat buildings.

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Test field for high altitude wind turbine

Germany's first flight wind turbine was erected as part of the BMWI-funded "SkyPower100" project. SkySails Power GmbH, EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, EWE Offshore Service & Solutions GmbH and Leibniz Universität Hannover are jointly gathering valuable insights into environmental influences, safety aspects and approval requirements for the development and scaling of future airborne wind turbines at the Klixbüll site.

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E-Aviation - AirConnect-NF innovation project

The BMVI-funded project AirConnect-NF serves as a support and project milestone for the reopening of the decommissioned military airport Leck. At the center of the innovative aviation concept for sustainable, ecological e-mobility are unmanned, partly autonomously operating aircraft and electric aviation for passenger transport. Among other things, the feasibility study had the goal of determining the legal framework for UAV aviation, determining possible areas of application and users, and generating a possible international cooperation with Denmark.

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Demand-driven night identification: Passiv-Radar-System (PARASOL)

Parasol - The passive radar system for controlling the demand-driven night-time identification has been developed by Dirkshof in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute and is fully recognized, also according to the new AVV. The system works in real time by using complex mathematical logarithms via specially installed antennas to determine the exact position of the reflection of existing television and radio signals on the flying object. As soon as the flying object enters the effective area of the altitude-marked wind turbines, they flash red and switch off as soon as the flying object leaves the area. There are no additional emissions and it is transponder independent. 

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Sustainable aquaculture of Fischaufzucht Drellborg GmbH

Höhere Rentabilität, Nachhaltigkeit und Wettbewerbsfähigkeit – eine  nachhaltige Aquakultur in Nordfriesland  wird Fischzucht mit Muschel- und Algenproduktion unter meerähnlichen Bedingungen vereinen. Am Standort der Fischaufzucht Drellborg GmbH soll die bestehende Fischaquakultur zusätzlich zur Herstellung von  hochwertigen Muscheln und Meeresalgen weiterentwickelt werden. Innerhalb der Prozesse werden stoffliche und energetische Kreisläufe miteinander verbunden sowie der Energie- und Wärmebedarf durch regenerative Energien gedeckt.

Test centre for maritime technology

Research and testing of maritime robotics under real conditions.

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AquaVentus

The green energy revolution

The AquaVentus initiative wants to set signals worldwide with climate-friendly hydrogen technology. A visionary project: 10 gigawatts of generating capacity for green hydrogen from offshore wind energy by the year 2035 and its transport by pipeline to land. A million tons of green hydrogen per year could be obtained from Helgoland to Doggerbank in this way. The AquaVentus project family includes numerous sub-projects along the value chain from the production of hydrogen in the North Sea to transport to customers on the mainland. All information about the AquaVentus initiative

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ARGENetz

Intelligently networked energy

ARGE Netz`s renewable power plant is the heart of the company. On this digital operating platform, over 3,300 megawatts of wind, sun and biomass are currently being offered to the market in a high-performance network. The platform creates access to the energy markets for generation plants, storage facilities and consumers of any size. Intelligent and safe technology connects them to a large ”pool“. This enables the system operators to participate in other market in addition to the spot market. Portfolio effects minimize the risks and optimize the market result. ARGE Netz combines the fluctuating wind and solar energy with flexible systems and thereby stabilizes the energy supply. Cooperation with network operators opens up control and system service markets. Realtime data is exchanged with them, thus ensuring better utilization of the network and greater system stability.

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Energy generation

The west coast is one of the windiest areas in Germany. “Growian”, the first MW-class wind turbine in Germany, was installed here in 1983. Over 2,000 turbines have been installed here since. It thus comes as no surprise that the region is now one of the market leaders in the generetion of renewable electricity. Alongside wind, photovoltaic and biomass energies also constitute large parts of the energy mix.

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Hydrogen

The national hydrogen strategy aims at building a hydrogen economy using renewable energy sources. Wind energy – including the offshore wind farms along the Energieküste in the North Sea – makes it possible. Funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Westküste 100 project aims to gradually establish a regional hydrogen economy on an industrial scale. Companies such as KMW Wind to Gas Energy and GP JOULE already produce green hydrogen, which is used in the mobility sector, among other areas.

  

Storage

Numerous companies, start-ups and research institutes in the region are developing innovative storage solutions so that renewable energies can be used 100 percent. Here on the Energieküste, we work together with institutions such as the Fraunhofer Institute and the company CUSTOMCELLS in Itzehoe, the West Coast University of Applied Sciences and the QUARREE100 living lab project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

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Mobility

The energy transition will only succeed if the mobility and transport sector transforms as well. On the Energieküste, we are working on this transformation in collaboration with local districts, public transport authorities and private companies. Electric vehicles and fuel cell technology play an important role in developing the traffic and transport systems of the future. The Energieküste is Germany’s leading region in the realization of hydrogen filling stations.

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Sector coupling

On the Energieküste, we are creating a regional, cross-sectoral and climate-friendly value chain. Innovative Power-to-X projects such as the QUARREE100 living lab are successfully being developed. Alongside heat and synthetic fuels, green hydrogen, generated using wind and solar power, is one important integrative component for successful sector coupling.

  © Entwicklungsagentur Region Heide / Marcus Barthel

Heat

A comprehensive, renewable energy supply system must also include an integrated and sustainable heat sector. The West Coast University of Applied Sciences is working intensively both on the use of heat storage potential in the region and eco-friendly building system technology. An important innovation for increasing energy efficiency is the use of waste heat. Companies such as Windcloud 4.0 and Refinery Heide already use environmentally friendly waste heat for industrial projects.