Evonik has won the 2021 European Responsible Care Award® in the category "En route to climate neutrality" with the "GET H2 Nukleus" project. The European chemical association Cefic awards this prize annually.
The "GET H2" partners bp, Evonik, Nowega, OGE and RWE Generation want to jointly build the first publicly accessible hydrogen infrastructure. The "GET H2 Nukleus" project connects the production of green hydrogen with industrial consumers in Lower Saxony and North Rhine-Westphalia. The approximately 130-kilometre network from Lingen to Gelsenkirchen is to become the first H2 network with non-discriminatory access and transparent prices.
Green hydrogen is seen as a beacon of hope for the energy transition. The idea: electricity from renewable energies is converted into hydrogen and used as a CO2-free energy carrier in industry and other sectors. For the transport of green hydrogen in Germany, the expansion of the corresponding infrastructure is central.
The green hydrogen is to be produced from renewable energies in a 100-megawatt electrolysis plant operated by RWE Generation in Lingen, Lower Saxony. The raw material will be transported to industrial customers such as refineries and chemical parks in Lingen, Marl and Gelsenkirchen mainly via existing gas pipelines of the transmission system operators Nowega and OGE, which are being converted to transport 100 percent hydrogen, as well as a partial new construction by Evonik.
By supplying refineries and chemical parks, the "GET H2 Nukleus" starts where green hydrogen can contribute most quickly to a lower CO2 future. These companies are already using large amounts of hydrogen in their production processes and are significantly reducing their CO2 emissions by switching to green hydrogen.
The production of green hydrogen from wind and solar power makes it possible to transport renewable energy over long distances, store it in large quantities over a long period of time and use it in sectors that defy direct electrification. Therefore, the production of green hydrogen and the development of a hydrogen infrastructure can be significant steps towards achieving climate goals.