As there already is a bulk of industrial production und usage of hydrogen, it makes sense to utilise existing hydrogen-related infrastructures for an emerging energetic demand. This allows to exploit synergies and to keep infrastructure costs low during the early phase of implementation.
The Rhine-Ruhr Area in North Rhine-Westphalia is an urban agglomeration where energetic use of hydrogen might be fruitfully demonstrated. Moreover, industries located in North Rhine-Westphalia already produce and consume hydrogen and have put in place a substantial infrastructure for this.
The Wuppertal Institute was commissioned to search for cost-effective strategies for the implementation of a hydrogen infrastructure in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). The main tasks are:
Finally, all results of the analysis will be summarised with regard to the discussion and assessment of a cost optimised NRW-strategy and the integration into the national and European discussion.