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New study to clarify role of Bremen ports as demand for hydrogen bunker fuel rises

10 Mar 2021

The Senate of the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen on Monday (8 March) resolved to commission a study on hydrogen to obtain a basis within the near future for making decisions concerning the establishment of hydrogen infrastructure for the ports of Bremen.

“As part of their ‘Greenports Strategy’, the ports of Bremen are already endeavoring to make the ports climate-neutral within the foreseeable future,” said Dr Claudia Schilling, Senator for Science and Ports.

“The use of green hydrogen is an essential element of this undertaking. The new study is intended to provide a sound basis within the near future for making important decisions on the establishment of hydrogen infrastructure at the ports of Bremen.”

One of the objectives of the study is to clarify what transport routes will become established as demand for hydrogen increases, what role the ports of Bremen will play in this new transport scenario, what conditions the port will have to fulfil in terms of the anticipated ships, port and transshipment facilities and what safety precautions will be necessary.

It will also aim to identify those solutions that could potentially be suitable for the ports of Bremen.

“We have already rolled out various projects, such as ‘Hydrogen – green gas for Bremerhaven‘, which involves setting up an electrolyser test field on the site of the former airfield at Luneort where green hydrogen will be produced with the help of wind energy,” added Senator Schilling.

“These projects have delivered an important basis for research in this field. The ports of Bremen also played a pioneering role in the North-West Metropolitan Region as regards the use of hydrogen to pave the way for the transition to green energy in the maritime business.

“To date, however, we still do not have a clear decision-making basis for establishing infrastructure for hydrogen imports. This information has to be made available as soon as possible to enable the ports to make effective preparations for this innovative technology, as the use of hydrogen technology will become a key competitive factor amongst the seaports as soon as the hydrogen industry is up and running.”

The implementation proposals that result from the study will be taken into account in the future development of Bremen’s port concept and subsequently be continued as independent projects.

The target is to begin with actual implementation of the projects with the help of funding programmes as from 2023.

The port management company Bremenports is to be entrusted with the study and the first results are expected to be available within 12 to 15 months. The overall costs of the project will amount to EUR 643,000 (USD 763,916).

Photo credit: Bremenports GmbH & Co. KG
Published: 10 March, 2021

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