Content of the superordinate joint cooperation project "NRL - North German Real Laboratory"
In the North German Real Laboratory, the participating project partners are researching how the local energy system can be developed holistically. Distributed across four geographical focal points in Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, they will develop concepts for integrated sector coupling with a focus on hydrogen and work out energy-efficient neighborhood solutions in the heating sector. The joint project involves partners from business, science and politics who represent the entire energy value chain - from generation to transport and storage to energy consumption. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy is funding the North German Real Laboratory with more than 52 million euros over a period of five years.
The linchpin of the project will be so-called "green" hydrogen, i.e. hydrogen produced from the electrolysis of water using renewable electricity. In industry, for example, this hydrogen can replace natural gas and avoid the carbon dioxide emissions associated with burning natural gas. But hydrogen can also become the fuel of the future in private households: To this end, the conversion of the gas distribution network to hydrogen operation, among other things, is to be investigated as part of the North German Real Laboratory. To advance the heat transition, the project partners also want to use the waste heat from a waste incineration plant and an industrial plant to feed it into an existing district heating pipeline. All these measures could save a total of more than 500,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year in the future.
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