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Cuxhaven now produces hydrogen for shipping

Caption: © Acta Marine

H2Move – this is the name of a two-MW electrolysis plant in Cuxhaven that produces green hydrogen for shipping.

The manufacturer is Turneo, a joint venture between Hamburg-based Karlsson GmbH and Oldenburg-based energy service provider EWE. The first recipient of the emission-free fuel from Cuxhaven is one of four offshore supply vessels operated by energy company Wintershall Dea. The “Coastal Liberty” had previously been converted to a hydrogen hybrid drive. [ds_preview]

The ship transports people and materials between Cuxhaven and the Mittelplate drilling and production island. The deposit is by far the most important oil deposit in Germany and is located at a depth of 2,000 to 3,000 meters under the North Sea on the southern edge of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park.

More hydrogen for more ships

In the future, the plant will also produce hydrogen for more ships and a hydrogen filling station in Cuxhaven. “The project is a good example of the regional production of hydrogen and its use in the mobility sector, especially in the maritime sector,” explains Tobias Moldenhauer, Head of Hydrogen at EWE.

The hydrogen produced on land in Cuxhaven is transported in so-called tank trailers to the “Coastal Liberty” operated by Acta Marine, where it is converted into electricity using a fuel cell. The electricity is stored in batteries that power the ship’s electric motor. “We are convinced that the innovative technology will prove its worth and that we can reduce emissions in the Wadden Sea as much as possible,” explains Martin Buttchereit, Project Manager at Wintershall Dea Deutschland.

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