The HyExperts subsidy is aimed at regions with initial project experience and knowledge. 13 HyExperts receive 300,000 euros each to develop specific project ideas for the region.
In 2018/2019, “Project Coordination Hydrogen Economy” project positioned the region of north-eastern Lower Saxony, which comprises eleven districts of the Lüneburg region, as a possible hydrogen model region in the testing of a hydrogen economy. The subject of “freight transport with green hydrogen” (trucks, public transport) was developed and defined as a first lead project. The TZEW (Transferzentrum Elbe-Weser) was charged with drawing up an application for funding in the “HyExperts” category within the scope of the BMVI HyLands funding programme aimed at developing a detailed concept to prepare for the demonstration and implementation phase.
The district of Osterholz acts as an applicant and coordinator of the project in this connection with implementation of the overall project, though a large consortium of committed companies, chambers, and public authorities has been established.
In addition to the lead project “Cargo transport with green hydrogen”, other lead projects have already been defined, including lead project 3 “Wind H2-Cuxhaven”.
“Wind-H2-Cuxhaven” is an approach for the development of a concept for the use of WTGs for the production of hydrogen by electrolysis, aiming to map an adaptable system for this and other regions in Germany. Development of site-specific H2 use paths is also given special consideration.
A sufficient number of WTGs is available in Cuxhaven. Some wind farms and WTGs will no longer be eligible for funding starting in 2021. They may then become uneconomical, which creates an opportunity to continue operating them for hydrogen production, i.e. by turning WTGs into a source of electricity for hydrogen production. The Cuxhaven region has about 350 WTGs that have reached the maximum subsidy limit of 20 years and are therefore available for supplying electricity.