HYPOS (Hydrogen Power Storage & Solutions East Germany) is a network of research institutions and companies based in Halle (Saale) in the federal state of Saxony-Anhalt in Germany.
HYPOS is currently working on a project sponsored by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and German Federal Government. This aims to use renewable energy to produce green hydrogen so that there will be less dependency to petrol and other fossil fuels. Simens and Linde AG is involved in this network with 114 members and will be showcasing the project at Intersolar Europe in Munich.
Saxony-Anhalt is one of the Germany’s trailblazing regions in terms of developing renewable projects. Half of the energy produced by these technologies is sold outside the nation as excess power. Nevertheless, a maintainable, value-adding alternative would be to use the surplus power to make green hydrogen and to process or store it. The hydrogen will be generated by means of central electrolytic plants supported by power by farms, wind, biogas plants, and solar parks.
Professor Wehrsphohn said, “Hydrogen could be used as a basic chemical. Plastics, fuels and pre-products for the cosmetics industry can be produced from it. Actually, the whole range for which petroleum-based systems are used today. That is the major advantage of our system: the regional value creation. We have the power here, we convert it into hydrogen, and then we can supply our chemical chain directly and no longer need to purchase petroleum and natural gas from remote regions. And we are sustainable, as the power is acquired from renewable sources.”
There is big hope to produce green hydrogen safely and economically by the year 2020. It can then be applied as fuel for hydrogen fuel-cell cars or used for heating.