Energiewende

Thinking ahead with hydrogen

Hydrogen is set to play a central role in the energy transition. With our core competence in energy, we are focusing on the production, storage and use of green hydrogen on a new scale in Lusatia and beyond.

The future with hydrogen

Hydrogen instead of carbon is the future motto for energy, industry and mobility. Above all, green hydrogen, which is produced with renewably generated electricity, is regarded as an energy multi-talent.

The national and European hydrogen strategies set the framework for testing the potential in practice. Germany wants to become a technology leader. In cooperation with partners, we at LEAG want to develop suitable hydrogen projects in Brandenburg and Central Germany.

Our long-term goal is to realise hydrogen solutions and storage solutions for the market and to map the entire value chain from a single source:

  • Generation and provision of RES-E
  • Production / storage and provision of green hydrogen
  • Operational management and service for energy plants
  • Innovative H2-based energy solutions
  • Transport and logistics

Hydrogen mobility in Lusatia

The first project in the economic region of Lusatia in which we are involved focuses on mobility. Under the heading "Sustainable use of hydrogen in local public transport", we are taking on the production of green hydrogen from 100 percent renewable energies for Cottbusverkehr GmbH. The municipal and regional public transport operator is planning to convert its bus fleet to climate-neutral drives in the coming years. Part of the vehicle fleet, currently 55 buses in total, will run on "green hydrogen" in the future.

The project scope of the 1st expansion stage includes a 1.5 MW electrolyser, which is built  and operated by LEAG. The green hydrogen produced will supply Cottbusverkehr's first Lusatian hydrogen filling station, which is also to be newly built. This first joint municipal-private project for climate-friendly hydrogen mobility is being supported with 5.62 million euros in funding from the structural strengthening process. Other project partners include the LEAG logistics subsidiary TSS, the transport and logistics company REINERT and the waste disposal company ALBA.

 

100 percent
Renewable energies

1st expansion stage 2022 to 2026

Electrolysis with 1.5 MW, approx. 95 t green H2 per year

Filling station for public transport and other partners

The green electricity supply for the electrolyser is organised by LEAG energy cubes. The LEAG subsidiary markets electricity from LEAG's own renewable energy plants as well as wind and PV electricity from third parties. In the long term, we are aiming for a regional supply of green electricity from wind and PV parks in the vicinity of the electrolyser. LEAG is currently developing several renewable projects in this area, including a floating PV plant on the future Cottbus Ostsee. By producing and using green hydrogen on site, we want to open up and expand new regional value chain.

 

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Lusatia region project

We see the production of green hydrogen with a directly connected hydrogen filling station at the Cottbusverkehr site as the starting point for a Lusatia H2 region project. It is intended to create a supra-regional filling station network for alternative propulsion systems. 

With the ramp-up of hydrogen production at the Cottbus site, the construction and supply of further H2 filling stations in the districts of the Lausitz economic region is possible. Here, too, electrolysers could take over production on site as demand increases, so that an H2 network gradually spreads across the districts of Brandenburg and Saxony's Lusatia. The range of refuelling options for alternative drives can also be rounded off by e-charging stations.

Our goal is to create an economic and flexibly functioning network of hydrogen producers and users within the framework of municipal-private partnerships, which will serve as a model for the entire country. Initial agreements have been concluded with the districts. As the overarching coordinating body, we are working together with the Lausitz economic region and are involved in the hydrogen network durcH2atmen. 

Advantages of the modular project structure in the H2 regions project

  • demand-oriented growth of the H2 and filling station network
  • improved economic efficiency through cooperation
  • regional RE power supply for closed value chains
  • sustainable, climate-neutral mobility in Lusatia as a location factor
  • stimulus for other local actors to convert their own vehicle fleets to fuel cell operation
  • Incentive effect for further industrial settlements in the manufacturing sector

Regional projects are the driving force behind the development of hydrogen mobility. LEAG is therefore active in the East Brandenburg hydrogen cluster and the HYPOS and durcH2atmen networks.


Hydrogen infrastructure for eastern Germany

MITNETZ GAS and LEAG have been cooperating on the development of hydrogen solutions for Central Germany and Lusatia since 2022. The aim is to cover the entire spectrum from generation, transport and distribution to the delivery of green hydrogen to industrial customers.

The three pillars of the partnership are:

  • the generation of green gases by LEAG
  • the distribution and production or use of grid connections for the acceptance of H2 for grid customers of MITNETZ GAS and MITNETZ STROM by MITNETZ GAS
  • the joint conception, realisation and operation of hydrogen filling stations with a focus on areas in which MITNETZ GAS holds the concessions.

Hydrogen solutions with combined forces

MITNETZ GAS operates a regional distribution network for the transport and distribution of gas in Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. The enviaM subsidiary brings corresponding strengths to the partnership:

  • Infrastructure for the distribution of green gases in the network area of MITNETZ GAS and network connections for handover to customers
  • Design of filling station locations in line with demand
  • on-site implementation of the planned mobility facilities and operational management
  • MITNETZ STROM will in particular be responsible for creating the necessary electricity infrastructure and associated grid connections

Within the scope of the cooperation with MITNETZ GAS, LEAG will in particular take on the following services:

  • Green power supplier in cooperation with LEAG energy cubes
  • Production of green hydrogen
  • Hydrogen logistics by trailer for future hydrogen filling stations
  • Realisation and operation of electrolysers, e.g. in conjunction with H2 filling stations

Value creation and decarbonisation

The common goal is to establish a complete hydrogen value chain in partnership as a contribution to the decarbonisation of the regions and thus also to make an important contribution to the targeted climate neutrality in Germany by 2045. An initial project is to be set up in the Lippendorf area (Leipzig district).   

Knowledge box on the topic of hydrogen