The Northern German Living Lab (NRL) aims to demonstrate new paths to climate neutrality: The cross-state collaborative project aims to test the holistic transformation of the energy system and thus demonstrate the path to a rapid defossilization of all consumption sectors.
Behind the Northern German Living Lab is a strong energy transition alliance with experienced partners, innovative approaches and concrete research and testing projects. We work closely networked in nine working groups. The NRL partners are united in their determination to drive the energy transition forward ambitiously and quickly. We have a clear vision that unites us: Climate neutrality – now!
The large-scale approach gives the project a supra-regional model role for electricity- and hydrogen-based sector coupling in Germany and Europe.
In the NRL, the energy transition is becoming tangible: With the help of more than 20 reference projects relevant areas of consumption in industry, heat supply and the mobility sector are being successively defossilized. For instance, the Northern German Living Lab includes eight electrolysers with a hydrogen generation capacity of more than 40 MW. They are used in particular to replace fossil fuels in industrial processes with hydrogen or its derivatives.
In addition, several projects are being implemented at the NRL that enable waste heat utilization in the amount of 700 GWh per year.
As part of the NRL activities in the mobility sector, hydrogen-powered vehicles of various classes are being tested in different usage scenarios – for example, as waste collection vehicles, as public buses or as luggage transporters. Different refuelling concepts are being developed and implemented for their use.
A special feature of the project is its all-round view of the energy transition: In addition to the planned trial projects on CO2 reduction, cross-cutting issues are also taken into account.
In various research projects, the NRL partners are addressing the economic and social dimensions of the planned transformation path towards climate neutrality.
Potential analyses of new technologies, regulatory considerations and the development of new market and business models play just as much a role as studies on the skilled labour situation on the labour market and on society’s perception of the energy transition and the associated changes.
The consideration of interfaces and interactions between the individual testing and research projects of the NRL partners is at the centre of the Northern German Living Lab.
Therefore, the cooperation of the NRL partners is organized in nine working groups (WG), which represent different main topics of focus. The working groups pursue overarching goals that contribute to showing new paths to climate neutrality with the Northern German Living Lab.
Through the WG structure, the best possible networking of the NRL partners is achieved to ensure the professional exchange and to develop synergies between the individual sub-projects.
Networks & Infrastructures
Holistic System Integration
Social Participation & Transfer
National Economy, Labour Market & Qualification
New Markets, Business Models & Regulation
Heat / Districts