Three federal states, 50 players from business, science and politics with an investment volume of 300 million euros - the energy transition alliance "Norddeutsches Reallabor" (NRL) is pursuing big plans for our future. We are pleased to welcome this innovative joint project, which will test new paths to climate neutrality, as a partner of the Energieküste.
Green hydrogen as a success factor: Over the next five years, 18 large plants will be built in 25 projects in Schleswig-Holstein, Hamburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern to test a holistic transformation of the energy system. At the centre of the concept based on sector coupling are eight electrolysers with a hydrogen generation capacity of 42 MW. Among other things, the green energy of the Energieküste is used to replace fossil fuels in industry, heat and mobility with hydrogen or its derivatives. The three federal states together already produce arithmetically 130 % of their electricity consumption from renewable energies. In addition, the NRL is planning three projects that will enable the use of waste heat to the tune of 700 GWh per year.
Real laboratory for the rapid energy turnaround - the aim is to show the path that can reduce CO2 emissions in the North by 75 % by 2035. The project also has a short-term climate benefit: As early as the fourth year of the project, the technologies realised in the NRL can save 350.000 - 500,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. With this large-scale project, northern Germany - and the Energieküste in particular - is once again demonstrating its innovative strength and competitiveness in the fields of renewable energies and successful climate concepts on the international stage.
The NRL is part of the funding initiative "Reallabore der Energiewende" (Real Labs of the Energy Transition) and is funded with around 52 million euros by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK). Further funding is provided by the BMDV.