Germany Eyes World-First Tender for Offshore Wind-to-Hydrogen Pilot in 2022

Germany’s economics and energy ministry has published an ordinance for the allocation of areas for the production of green hydrogen in Germany’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Sea.
The rule that entered into force today in practice creates the opportunity to test H2 output from offshore wind power.
The ministry said a first tendering round is scheduled for next year. While the regulation is officially technology-neutral, the government thinks that offshore wind is the most advanced technology enabling the direct generation of H2 at sea through electrolysis.
Germany’s economics and energy ministry has published an ordinance for the allocation of areas for the production of green hydrogen in Germany’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the North Sea.
The rule that entered into force today in practice creates the opportunity to test H2 output from offshore wind power.
The ministry said a first tendering round is scheduled for next year. While the regulation is officially technology-neutral, the government thinks that offshore wind is the most advanced technology enabling the direct generation of H2 at sea through electrolysis.
The government has earmarked €50m ($58m) in grants from its energy and climate packages for the offshore hydrogen test plants.
Germany’s offshore wind sector welcomed the regulation as a first step towards hydrogen production at sea, but said more areas need to be made available for offshore H2.
“The only allocated area in the North Sea so far is just a drop on in the ocean and far from sufficient to decarbonise our industry,” said Stefan Thimm, managing director of the Offshore Wind Foundation (BWO).
“More areas are needed quickly, meaningful grid connection concepts and above all also a regulatory framework for the approval of electrolysers – the time is obviously short.”

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