The choice of location for producing hydrogen depends on renewable energy sources
The origin of the electricity used is crucial in terms of producing hydrogen by electrolysis in a way that is greenhouse gas-neutral. The enormous demand for electricity from renewable sources will determine the choice of location for electrolysers in the future. It is therefore likely that green hydrogen will be produced predominantly in the vicinity of renewable power plants. The areas in Northern Germany and neighbouring European countries are relevant in this respect, for example, as they offer good conditions for producing power from renewable sources (the Netherlands in particular, but also the UK, Denmark, Spain and Portugal). It can be assumed that a world market for green hydrogen will emerge in the future and that hydrogen will also be imported to Germany from regions further afield with very good production conditions (e.g. from the MENA region and Chile).
Plant construction offers economic opportunities for NRW
The hydrogen economy and the associated plant construction offer North Rhine-Westphalia economic opportunities, sustainable jobs and the prospect of added economic value. Ranging from electrolysers that produce hydrogen using renewable energy, to fuel cells and hydrogen burners that make it possible to use the substance, right up to essential components such as hydrogen compatible pressure tanks, compressors, gas turbines and pipelines: new markets and export opportunities are developing in this field for the economy of NRW.