Time for change
By 2050, the state of Berlin has set itself the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 95% compared to 1990. Together with the city’s major utilities and municipal companies, H2Berlin is working to make hydrogen a technically, economically and socially viable energy carrier. Opening up and thus coupling the existing structures for hydrogen could bring the city closer to its goals.
Making the change in energy policy socially compatible
Households, trade, commerce and services are the main sources of CO2 emissions, accounting for 2/3.
As a capital and metropolis with 3.8 million inhabitants, Berlin places special demands on the requirement of renewable energies: any availability at any time at any place. We are working to make the energy transition socially acceptable.
With hydrogen as an energy carrier, there would be a timely, cost-optimal and environmentally compatible solution. The use of hydrogen in the city’s well-developed gas and district heating networks could, for example, supply Berlin’s households with renewable energy: without costly renovations, without relocations, without higher rents.
Polluter balance by sector in percent (2017)
- Households, GHD
Potentials as goals
Berlin has the potential to become a pioneer in the sustainable use of hydrogen. For example, household waste could be used to produce green hydrogen. Hydrogen can also transport energy and offers a possible solution to the storage problem of renewable energy.
Our hydrogen agenda is to produce green hydrogen from Berlin’s capital, use it as an energy carrier for the city’s needs and distribute it. As early as 2025, Berlin’s hydrogen demand could be 9,000 tonnes. Three H2Berlin hubs are to act as nuclei to introduce hydrogen as an energy carrier throughout the city. A potential for new jobs, a potential to make Berlin even more attractive as a business location.
Vattenfall, GASAG, BWB, Berliner Stadtwerke, BSR, elogen, Sustainable Hydrogen
Board of directors
Dr Jörg Buisset, President of the Board, Sustainable Hydrogen | Ulrike Franzke, Vice-President of the Board, Berliner Wasserbetriebe | Markus Witt, Treasurer, Vattenfall | Wolfgang Wüllhorst, BSR
Graforce, Storengy, Silica, Viessmann, H2 Mobility, TÜV Rheinland, Neue Energien Premnitz
Berlin Partner, InfraLab, DWV, NOW, HyCologne, IKEM
Co-operating research institutions:
TU Berlin, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft (ISE), Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (FHI)
Energy generation through hydrogen
H2Berlin-Hubs: The future of Berlin
Reducing CO2 emissions by 2050
H2Berlin has specific goals for reducing CO2 emissions by 2050. These include
- commercial vehicles and buses being powered and households supplied using the circular waste-to-hydrogen process
- Emission-neutral heavy-duty transport to the capital with hydrogen drives
- changing shipping on Berlin’s waterways from crude oil to hydrogen
- using hydrogen electricity generators for all construction sites, Christmas markets or open-air events
Three hydrogen hubs could be derived from a study conducted by H2Berlin, which are intended to act as nuclei for a city-wide introduction of hydrogen as an energy carrier and which now need to be evaluated in more detail.
The Hub comprises Reuter West / Ruhleben energy site, Siemensstadt 2.0, the Berlin harbour, Urban Tech Republic Tegel, Grunewald gas storage facility aiming at:
- Waste-to-Hydrogen production
- Combined heat and power generation
- Grid balancing services
- Powering Mobility (ships, port logistics, public transport)
- Storing renewable energy
- Technology development to market maturity
Marzahn is being used as a nucleus for introducing hydrogen as an energy carrier throughout the city. Vattenfall Wärme operates a modern combined heat and power plant here. Hydrogen could be produced there via electrolysis and used for generating district heat and for mobility.
The Hub comprises Berlin’s BER airport, the Waßmannsdorf sewage treatment plant, the Neulichterfelde district, the Marienfelde factory site of Mercedes Benz and the Adlershof Technology Park aiming at:
- hydrogen production: in the treatment plant and the existing filling station at BER
- development of new technologies: on the site of Mercedes-Benz and in the Technology Park
- large-volume hydrogen requirements: Neulichterfelde mobility concept, bus depot, utility vehicles operated by Berlin’s water authorities, BER ground logistics, synthetic kerosene used in aviation or for combined heat and power generation
Together for the energy transition
As H2Berlin, we are advancing the hydrogen economy in Berlin. We welcome partners to implement the strategies. We work together with your company on projects to introduce hydrogen as a substitute for fossil solutions.
If you have recognised the potential of hydrogen for your company and Berlin or want to know more about it, please contact us: