Green Innovation Park builds electrolyser for green hydrogen

A total of 32 million euros in funding for the region


04. Juli 2022

Yesterday, Monday (04.07.2022), the kick-off for the project “Model Region Green Hydrogen Baden-Württemberg” took place in Schwäbisch-Gmünd: State Secretary Dr Andre Baumann from the Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy Management symbolically presented the project consortium with the funding sum totalling around 32 million euros.

Schwäbisch Gmünd / Rosenfeld, 04.07.2022 -The Rosenfeld-based family business SÜLZLE is participating with its Green Innovation Park in the funded future project “H2-Wandel Modellregion Grüner Wasserstoff Baden-Württemberg”. The aim of the funded project is to test a hydrogen economy in both rural and urban areas. The activities are concentrated on four lighthouse projects that cover the entire value chain from production to use in industry, transport and neighbourhood solutions. This is supplemented by an office based in Ulm, which will be set up for central tasks in the project and will organise information events in the participating urban and rural districts, among other things.

The model region includes the districts of Reutlingen, Heidenheim and Tübingen, the Alb-Donau district, the Ostalb district and the cities of Schwäbisch Gmünd and Ulm. In addition, the consortium includes a total of 15 other project partners from business and science who are implementing concrete model projects. These include the construction of electrolysers for hydrogen production, filling station infrastructure and distribution systems as well as the development of an educational platform for further training courses, information for citizens and other companies in the region.

Green Innovation Park participates in grid-serving hydrogen production

Hydrogen (H2) as a multi-faceted energy carrier is becoming increasingly important for the global energy transition. Especially in its green variant, H2 offers considerable potential as a sustainable energy source and energy storage.

As one of the four lighthouse projects in the funding project, the networking of decentralised hydrogen supply and consumption the so-called “H2-Grid” project is therefore planned. In addition to the utility companies Stadtwerke Mössingen, FairEnergie GmbH Reutlingen, FairNetz GmbH Reutlingen, Stadtwerke Rottenburg GmbH and Stadtwerke Tübingen GmbH, the universities of Reutlingen, Rottenburg and Ulm as well as the SÜLZLE Group with the Green Innovation Park are also involved. The common goal of all project members is the construction of around 10 decentralised hydrogen production plants (electrolysers) for local and grid-serving operation and demand-oriented hydrogen marketing.

One of the largest electrolysers in the project is being built in the industrial estate of the future. South of Stuttgart, directly on the A81 near Sulz / Vöhringen, an extraordinary construction project called “Green Innovation Park” is being built on the initiative of the family-owned company SÜLZLE. Within its environmentally friendly energy concept, the Green Innovation Park and its partner Bayernwerk Natur are planning, among other things, the construction of an electrolyser that produces green hydrogen from renewable energies. The hydrogen produced is becoming increasingly important in terms of climate-friendly mobility. For this reason, the raw material is not to be converted back into electricity, but distributed directly to customers in the model region via an H2 grid control centre. This means that in future, the household, industry, municipalities and mobility sectors such as buses and trains can be supplied with the green energy carrier. For example, via hydrogen trains and hydrogen filling stations.

“With this showcase project, all those involved want to demonstrate together that the industrial production and use of green hydrogen is possible and economically viable. As the Green Innovation Park, we want to contribute to further research into green hydrogen as a groundbreaking future technology and bring it to market maturity. At the same time, it is our goal to provide important impulses for the region and to develop it into a technologically strong and future-oriented hydrogen region,” explains Heinrich Sülzle, Managing Partner of the SÜLZLE Group.

The project will be funded for the period 2022 – 2027. Afterwards, the system must be economically self-supporting. Networking with other partners and stakeholders in the region and beyond will therefore play an important role in the long-term success of the project right from the start and is already in full swing.

You can find more information about the project here.

About the Green Hydrogen Model Region e.V.
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