SUB-Projects

A number of research and testing projects are implemented under the umbrella of the Northern German Living Lab (NRL). These sub-projects (SP) of the NRL partners are assigned to different working groups (WG). This structure provides the project partners with a common all-round view of the energy transition in order to take a holistic view of the transformation path to climate neutrality. The following overview provides an insight into the NRL sub-projects that are already being implemented.

Project Management Office

The planning, implementation and control of the Northern German Living Lab and its sub-projects requires an efficient organizational structure. Due to the overall systemic approach across many technological fields, a high level of control and coordination is required. The Project Management Office (PMO) serves as an organizational unit to support the NRL management bodies in the operational implementation of the overall project.

Lead

Mike Blicker (Project Coordinator, CC4E/HAW Hamburg)

Funding Partner

Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), hySOLUTIONS

Project Management in the Northern German Living Lab [SP 0.1]

Management project

The Project Management Office (PMO) ensures transparent information flows within the NRL and promotes the cross-working group networking of the partners. Further tasks include the coordination of reporting for the NRL as a funded project, the monitoring of activities in the subprojects and the (professional) public exploitation of project results.

Participating Partners

CC4E/HAW Hamburg, hySOLUTIONS

 

Networks & Infrastructures (WG 1)

The NRL working group “Networks & Infrastructures ” (WG 1) sets itself the goal of increasing the uptake of energy sources from renewable energies in the distribution grids to be able to supply all sectors with green energy. A roadmap for the necessary transformation of the energy grids in the Northern German region is to be drafted – using individual regional hubs as examples. In particular, the development of an integrated network planning of electricity and gas networks is in focus to make a cross-sectoral energy transition possible.

WG Lead

Michael Dammann (Gasnetz Hamburg)

Vice WG Lead

Volker Höfs (HanseGas)

Funding Partners

Gasnetz Hamburg, Hamburger Energiewerke, Helmut Schmidt Universität der Bundeswehr (HSU), Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH), Technische Hochschule Lübeck (THL), WEMAG

Affiliated Partners

Stromnetz Hamburg, Gasunie, HanseGas, Schleswig-Holstein Netz, TenneT, 50Hertz, Grenzstrom Bürgerwind

Integrated Network Planning (iNeP) [SP 1.1]

Research Project

In the Integrated Network Planning (iNeP) project, a planning methodology, a planning model and a corresponding planning model and a corresponding planning tool are being developed by presenting a coordinated, integrative network planning (electricity, gas and heat network) including power-to-x plant coupling for Hamburg.

Participating Partners

Gasnetz Hamburg, Stromnetz Hamburg, Hamburger Energiewerke, TUHH, HSU/Distributed Energy Laboratory (DLab), THL

Power Grids and Infrastructures & System-Serving Electrolysis [SP 1.2 / SP 6.3]

Testing Project

This joint project consisting of the subprojects “Electricity grids and infrastructure” & “System-serving electrolysis” demonstrates the importance of a holistically conceived sector coupling. Surplus electricity is used to operate an electrolyser and the green hydrogen produced from it is made available for other sectors (mobility, heat, gas).

Participating Partners

WEMAG

Holistic System Integration (WG 2)

In the working group “Overall System Integration” (WG 2), the influences of the technologies considered in the NRL on the overall system are investigated. In this context, strategies are also to be developed that enable the greater use of sector coupling technologies. A major milestone of WG 2 is a simulative potential analysis of the developed technologies and their novel operational management.

WG Lead

Lucas Jürgens (CC4E/HAW Hamburg)

Vice WG Lead

Dr. Sebastian Wende-von Berg (Fraunhofer IEE)

Funding Partners

Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), Fraunhofer Institut für Energiewirtschaft und Energiesystemtechnik (IEE), Fraunhofer Institut für Windenergiesysteme (IWES), Technische Hochschule Lübeck (THL), Universität Hamburg (UHH)

Affiliated Partners

Gasunie, Stadtwerke Lübeck, Travenetz

Holistic System Simulation (RegDesign, Robust NetzReg)
[SP 2.1]

Research Project

The aim of the project “Overall system simulation” is to simulate and summarize the existing energy infrastructures and demonstrators. This allows an early focus on possible effects on the (changing) energy system and the necessary concepts/scenarios for the future can be derived.

Participating Partners

CC4E/HAW Hamburg, Fraunhofer IEE, Fraunhofer IWES, THL 

ICT Security,
Control Concepts (ResIKT)
[SP 2.2]

Research Project

ResIKT plans and addresses various threat scenarios in the area of information technology security in the context of hydrogen generation and sector coupling. The digitization of the energy sector offers the opportunity to plan for security aspects from the outset.

Participating Partners

UHH

Data Integration [SP 2.3]


Research Project

In the sub-project “Data integration and analysis”, both the data requirements of the planned simulation and the project-wide existing data of the relevant plants are combined and evaluated.

Participating Partners

CC4E/HAW Hamburg

Industrial Transformation, Social Participation & Transfer (WG 3)

The working group “Industrial Transformation, Social Participation & Transfer” (WG 3) research which factors accelerate the industrial transformation. On the basis of scenarios on the market development of sector coupling technologies, guiding strategies for accelerating the market ramp-up in Northern Germany are developed. WG 3 is also responsible for knowledge transfer to networks and specialist communities.

WG Lead

Dr. Sandra Meyer-Ghosh (CC4E/HAW Hamburg)

Vice WG Lead

Hubert Grimm (Industrieverband Hamburg)

Funding Partners

Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)

Affiliated Partners

Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur (EEHH), Industrieverband Hamburg (ivh), Handelskammer Hamburg, Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB) Nord,

egw:wirtschaftsförderung, Gesellschaft für Energie und Klimaschutz Schleswig-Holstein GmbH (EKSH) / Landeskompetenzzentrum Wasserstoff-Forschung Schleswig-Holstein (HY.SH), Regionale Kooperation Westküste / Projektgesellschaft Norderelbe mbH

Industrial Transformation and Social Participation
[SP 3.1]

Research Project

The sub-project accompanies the technological projects of the NRL with socio-economic questions. Research is being conducted into how the industrial use and thus the market ramp-up of sector coupling technologies can be accelerated in the project region by 2030 using the example of the NRL-Testing Projects through the targeted participation of the relevant stakeholders.

Participating Partners

CC4E/HAW Hamburg

B2B-Transfer [SP 3.2]

Affiliated Project

In the sub-project “B2B Transfer”, instruments of communication science are used to familiarize the target groups with individual projects, innovations and results. In order to achieve the set goals, a mix of instruments will be used. Through these measures, EEHH GmbH will assume a function as a first contact point for potential interested parties and will mediate a targeted forwarding of inquiries to suitable consortium members.

Participating Partners

EEHH

National Economy, Labor Market & Qualification (WG 4)

The NRL working group “National Economy, Labor Market & Qualification” (WG 4) considers the economic potential of the technologies developed in the Northern German Living Lab. Among other things, effects on the demand for labor in the model region are modeled and financing potentials for sustainable business models are identified.

WG Lead

Prof. Dr. Jens-Eric von Düsterlho (CC4E/HAW Hamburg)

Vice WG Lead

Andreas Lagemann (Hamburgisches WeltWirtschaftsInstitut (HWWI))

Funding Partners

Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), Hamburgisches Weltwirtschaftsinstitut (HWWI)

Affiliated Partners

Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (DGB) Nord

National Economy, Labor Market and Qualification [SP 4.1]

Research Project

The economic effects of a power-to-gas infrastructure for the Northern German region are analyzed in this project. One focus is the model-based evaluation of the economic potential, the second focus is the evaluation of the current market situation in the finance segment “Sustainable Finance”. From this, financing potentials will be identified.

Participating Partners

CC4E/HAW Hamburg, HWWI

New Markets, Business Models & Regulation (WG 5)

Investigating the innovative market and business models in the Northern German Living Lab is the task of the “New Markets, Business Models & Regulatory Affairs” working group (WG5). The legal framework conditions are also of interest here. Concrete options for action to reduce regulatory barriers are to be derived from the analysis.

WG Lead

Oliver Antoni (Stiftung Umweltenergierecht)

Vice WG Lead
Prof. Dr. Jens-Eric von Düsterlho (HAW Hamburg)
Funding Partners

Stiftung Umweltenergierecht, Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), Hochschule Flensburg, Fraunhofer Institut für Energiewirtschaft und Energiesystemtechnik (IEE)

 

New Market and Business Models, Regulation [SP 5.1]

Research Project

Only if sufficiently economically attractive operation appears possible will the investments required to achieve the transformation goals also be made outside a real laboratory in the future. This subproject therefore addresses the challenges of regulation and new market and business models. Recommendations for action will be derived in this context.

Participating Partners

Stiftung Umweltenergierecht, CC4E/HAW Hamburg, Hochschule Flensburg, Fraunhofer IEE

Hydrogen Production (WG 6)

The heart of the hydrogen activities of the Northern German Living Lab is the working group “Hydrogen Generation” (WG 6). The participating NRL partners work on hydrogen production in the Northern German model region as a basis for the regional basic supply with green hydrogen. In addition to the construction of electrolysers, the aim is also to bundle the production, distribution and use of hydrogen. In this way, local value chains are to be established and the regional economy strengthened.

WG Lead

Marleen Marks (HanseWerk/HAzwei)

Vice WG Lead

Prof. Dr. Jan Wenske (Fraunhofer IWES)

Funding Partners

HAzwei, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, WEMAG

Affiliated Partners

HanseWerk, Energie des Nordens, Flughafen Hamburg, Fraunhofer Institut für Windenergiesysteme (IWES), Grenzstrom Bürgerwind, KMW Wind to Gas energy, Stadtwerke Lübeck, Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)

H2 Hanse Hafen Hamburg
[SP 6.1]

Testing Project

The focus of the subproject is the realization of a 25 MWel large-scale electrolyser in the Hamburg port area. The goal is the gradual development of various consumption sectors (especially industry and mobility). The plant is to function as a central production hub for green hydrogen and serve the growing demand for hydrogen in the Hamburg area.

Participating Partners

HAzwei

Synergy of Power to Gas and Biowaste Treatment
[SP 6.2]

Testing/Research Project

In this subproject, the synergy potentials for power-to-X are investigated at a biowaste treatment plant with fermentation stage, biomethane production and feed-in into the natural gas grid with particularly low process engineering effort. Hydrogen from a new electrolyser is to be coupled with an existing biowaste treatment plant.

Participating Partners

Stadtreinigung Hamburg AöR und TUHH

Hydrogen Production Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania [SP 6.3]

Testing Project

The aim of the sub-project is the construction and system-serving operation of an electrolyser with a capacity of five megawatts in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. With the help of this power-to-gas technology, green energy from the region will be made usable for other sectors (mobility, heat, gas) via the chemical element hydrogen, thereby leading to corresponding CO2 savings compared to conventional hydrogen production.

Participating Partners

WEMAG AG

Electrolyzer Energie des Nordens (Existing Plant)

Affiliated Project

With the Windgas Haurup project, Energie des Nordens makes surplus wind power storable thanks to power-to-gas technology. The continued use of wind farms for which EEG subsidies have expired also flows into the project. The project was already part of the North German Energy Transition 4.0 (NEW 4.0) program, which tested technologies with particular benefits for the energy transition in practice.

Participating Partners

Energie des Nordens

Electrolyser KMW Wind to Gas Energy (Existing Plant)

Affiliated Project​

At the wind-to-gas park in Brunsbüttel, KMW Wind to Gas Energy uses surplus electricity from five wind turbines, converts it into hydrogen using an electrolysis process and thus makes the energy storable. The power-to-gas plant produces up to 450 cubic meters of hydrogen per hour and either feeds the gas into the natural gas grid or delivers it to a neighboring hydrogen filling station. The project was already part of the North German Energy Transition 4.0 (NEW 4.0) program.

Participating Partners

KMW Wind to Gas energy

Fraunhofer IWES Electrolyser Test Field at the Bremerhaven Site

Affiliated Project​

At the Bremerhaven site, Fraunhofer IWES is building an electrolyser test field as part of the so-called “Hydrogen Labs”. The focus of the research is on the interaction of wind turbines with electrolytic hydrogen production.

 

Participating Partners

Fraunhofer IWES

Mobility (WG 7)

The NRL working group “Mobility” (WG 7) aims to show how completely “green”, i.e. emission-free, mobility becomes possible through the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier. To this end, projects along the entire value chain are being implemented – from the procurement of H2 buses to the use of hydrogen-powered waste collection vehicles and the refueling concept. The Funding Partners are supported by the Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport (BMDV).

WG Lead

Peter Lindlahr (hySOLUTIONS)

Vice WG Lead

Janne Schrieber (hySOLUTIONS)

Funding Partners

Hamburger Hochbahn, Flughafen Hamburg, Alphabet Fuhrparkmanagement, Schweriner Abfallentsorgungsgesellschaft (SAS), WEMAG, Stadtreinigung Hamburg, Volker Rumstich Transport, Nahverkehr Schwerin, hySOLUTIONS

Affiliated Partners

Entsorgungsbetriebe Lübeck, Verkehrsbetrieb Hamburg-Holstein (vhh), Stadtwerke Schwerin, Clean Logistics, Lübecker Hafengesellschaft

Local Public Transport

Testing Project


The aim of the sub-project is to implement and demonstrate completely “green”, i.e. greenhouse gas-free, mobility in local public transport. To this end, zero-emission vehicles are to be procured and deployed. These vehicles will be used in regular operation to demonstrate the suitability of green mobility for everyday use. The knowledge gained from this will be used to investigate the specific requirements for business and operator models of local public transport and their market readiness.

 

Participating Partners

Hamburger Hochbahn, Verkehrsbetrieb Hamburg-Holstein GmbH, Nahverkehr Schwerin GmbH

Individual Transport

Testing Project

The aim of the sub-project is to implement and demonstrate completely “green”, i.e. greenhouse gas-free, mobility in individual transport. To this end, zero-emission vehicles are to be procured and deployed. These vehicles will be used under a leasing agreement to demonstrate the everyday suitability of green mobility. The knowledge gained from this will be used to investigate the specific requirements for business and operator models of individual transport and their market readiness.

Participating Partners

Alphabet Fuhrparkmanagement GmbH

Waste Disposal & City Cleaning

Testing Project

The aim of the sub-project is to implement and demonstrate completely “green”, i.e. greenhouse gas-free, mobility in waste disposal & city cleaning. To this end, zero-emission vehicles are to be procured and deployed. These vehicles will be used in regular operation to demonstrate the suitability of green mobility for everyday use. The knowledge gained from this will be incorporated into the investigation of the specific requirements for business and operator models in waste disposal & urban cleaning and its market readiness.

Participating Partners

Schweriner Abfallentsorgungsges. mbH (SAS), Entsorgungsbetriebe Lübeck, Stadtreinigung Hamburg

Apron Traffic & H2 Filling Station

Testing Project

The aim of the sub-project is to implement and demonstrate completely “green”, i.e. greenhouse gas-free, mobility on the airport apron. To this end, zero-emission vehicles are to be procured and deployed. These vehicles will be used in regular operation to demonstrate the everyday suitability of green mobility. The knowledge gained from this will be used to investigate the specific requirements for business and operator models for airport apron transport and its market readiness.

Participating Partners

Flughafen Hamburg GmbH

Heavy Traffic (40t Truck)

Testing Project

The aim of the sub-project is to implement and demonstrate completely “green”, i.e. greenhouse gas-free, mobility in heavy-duty traffic (40t trucks). For this purpose, an emission-free vehicle is to be procured and deployed. This vehicle will be used in regular operation to demonstrate the suitability of green mobility for everyday use. The knowledge gained from this will be used to investigate the specific requirements of business and operator models for heavy-duty transport and their market readiness.

Participating Partners

Volker Rumstich Transport GmbH

Heat/Districts (WG 8)

Innovative solutions for decarbonizing the heat supply are being implemented in the “Heat/Quarters” working group (WG 8). In addition to testing new heating concepts using industrial waste heat, WG 8 also aims to exploit possible synergies between the projects in order to drive forward the heat transition. An important element here is the construction of an aquifer storage facility for the seasonal storage of heat.

WG Lead

Position vacant

Vice WG Lead

Position vacant

Funding Partners

Hamburger Energiewerke, Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg), Aurubis, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel (CAU), Technische Universität Hamburg (TUHH)

Affiliated Partners

Stadtwerke Schwerin, Müllverwertung Borsigstraße (MVB)

Aquifer Storage [SP 8.2]

Testing/Research Project

An aquifer storage tank is an underground storage tank that absorbs, holds and can release heat. In the summer months, it can provide CO₂-neutral heat for the winter months. This storage model is being implemented and tested in this subproject of the Northern German Living Lab.

Participating Partners

Hamburger Energiewerke, CAU, TUHH

Waste Heat Extraction Aurubis

Affiliated Prjoect

In this project, around 20,000 households will be supplied with CO2-free industrial waste heat from a secondary process in Aurubis’ copper production starting in the 2024/2025 heating period.

Participating Partners

Aurubis

Waste Heat Extraction Müllverwertung Borsigstraße

Affiliated Prjoect

In this project, special heat pumps will be installed at the waste incineration plant Borsigstrasse, with which exhaust air from the plant can be made usable for district heating. This will make it possible to supply almost 35,000 apartments from as early as 2023.

Participating Partners

Müllverwertungsanlage Borsigstraße (MVB)

Industry (WG 9)

The “Industry” working group (WG 9) is tapping innovation potential for sector coupling and testing the use of green hydrogen on an industrial scale. This also involves identifying technical limits to the substitution of fossil fuels with hydrogen and strengthening regional industry through targeted competence building in the area of sector coupling.

WG Lead

Christian Hein (Aurubis)

Vice WG Lead

Simon Brinkmann (Covestro)

Förderpartner

Aurubis, Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E)/Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW Hamburg)

Affiliated Partners

trimet, H&R Ölwerke Schindler, ArcelorMittal, Contitech, Covestro, Holborn Europa Raffinerie

H2 in Copper Production [SP 9.1]

Testing/Research Project

The use of hydrogen in copper production is being tested in this innovative industrial project. In addition, an electrolyser on the Aurubis plant site will support the increase in sector coupling between the energy sector and industry.

Participating Partners

Aurubis, CC4E/HAW Hamburg

Power-to-Liquid Plant H&R Ölwerke Schindler

Affiliated Partner

H&R Ölwerke Schindler was already able to commission a new power-to-liquid plant at the Hamburg site towards the end of 2022. This will enable the production of synthesis-based alternatives to fossil raw materials, especially synthetic raw waxes and e-fuels.

Participating Partners

H&R Ölwerke Schindler GmbH