Port of Hamburg: Europe’s hub for green hydrogen
Excellent infrastructure provides for unique locational advantages
The Port of Hamburg is the top-performing port in Germany and one of the three largest in Europe. It is not only an ecosystem in its own right but also a major industrial area - and plays a crucial role in building a green hydrogen economy.
Together with partners from business, science, politics and in alliance with other northern German and European countries, Hamburg is in the process of establishing a green hydrogen economy. As a logistics hub, the port plays a central role as an interface for the production and import of hydrogen. It is the starting point for the distribution of large quantities of hydrogen via road, rail and or for the local infrastructure such as the extended gas grid.
The Port of Hamburg is set to become Europe's logistics hub for green hydrogen, benefiting industry and the energy sector alike. Short distances, a flexible, scalable infrastructure and future-proof logistics capacities make the port the interface for importing, exporting, storing and distributing hydrogen, even in large volumes. A high degree of digitalisation ensures efficient processes. Thanks to the surrounding industrial area, the entire value chain from production to use is represented here - this way, economic economies of scale are created right from the start. The area is home to a number of basic industries as well as refineries. At the port, transnational waterways, roads and rails in the European interconnected network converge with high-performance electricity lines and gas pipelines. Most of Hamburg's energy already flows through the gas network, which is firmly integrated into port logistics, and it provides enough capacity for the green hydrogen economy as well.
To meet the requirements and an increasing demand for green hydrogen, further expansion of port logistics is being planned. This includes the building of dedicated hydrogen import terminals and the installation of a 100-megawatt electrolyser in Moorburg, as well as the adaptation of the gas grid to hydrogen and its expansion from now 45 to 60 km (by 2030). As a result, it will be ready to transport green hydrogen and connect to a European hydrogen network as of 2025.
The northern German states are planning to install at least 500 megawatts of electrolysis capacity for the production of green hydrogen by 2025, rising to at least five gigawatts by 2030. Demand on the customer side is high and growing steadily.
Project in numbers:
- 7200 hectares of land, 926 of which are used for industrial purposes
- Top 3 in Europe, top 20 worldwide
- 2,300 freight trains per week - Europe's largest rail port