Plans for the first German pipeline that will transport one million tonnes of green hydrogen from the North Sea directly to the European continent from 2035 onwards have moved forward.
Shell, Gasunie, RWE and Gascade today (26th April) said they have signed a declaration of intent for the AquaDuctus project.
Once the construction of the generation plants is fully completed, AquaDuctus will make a substantial contribution towards the decarbonisation aims of the German and European energy strategies
Additionally, the new proposed pipeline is part of an extended vision for what is said to be the first German offshore hydrogen pipeline.
This initiative is set to support a new project that aims to install 10GW of electrolysis capacity for green hydrogen production from offshore wind power between Heliogoland and Dogger sand bank.
In the dovetailed sub-projects, demand, generation and transport of hydrogen are to be synchronised in order to enable a swift market ramp-up.
The implementation of the AquaDuctus pipeline is a key milestone for European and German hydrogen strategies with the pipeline offering several economic advantages to support hydrogen integration.
For instance, the pipeline will replace five High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) transmission systems, which would otherwise have to be built.
In addition to this, AquaDuctus is by far the most cost-effective option for transporting large volumes of energy over distances of more than 400km.
The first step in construction of the AquaDuctus project is to carry out a detailed feasibility study.
Everything we know about the $1.5bn Clean Hydrogen Coastline project in Germany
Want to learn more on German’s hydrogen plans? H2 View’s George Heynes spoke to EWE about the $1.5bn Clean Hydrogen Coastline.
Dr. Geert Tjarks strongly believes that the Clean Hydrogen Coastline project in Northwest Germany can turn Europe into a significant player in the global hydrogen market. “With an intended goal of 400MW from electrolysis, Clean Hydrogen Coastline can significantly support a European value chain for hydrogen technologies,” Tjarks, Stakeholder Manager of Hydrogen at EWE Gasspeicher, enthused.
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