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As the ENERGY HUB, Wilhelmshaven is at the heart of the transition. Whether liquefied gas, hydrogen, other molecules or renewable energy: we are the port of call for the very things that drive Germany and its industry. On this page, you will find facts and details on a range of energy issues.


The future is circular.

We can’t yet prevent the release of carbon dioxide during industrial processes. But we can manage it. As Germany will depend on CO2 exports for the time being, we are thinking ahead – and at the ENERGY HUB, we are looking at how we can export CO2 to our partner countries as well as how to tap regional recycling systems.


Can we save nature using what it gives us? We can – by harnessing the wind. Here on the North Sea coast, that’s one thing we have in abundance: clean and boundless. The routes that lead to our region from wind farms in the German Bight, in Norway and Scotland are short: we deliver energy to the places that need it – and the rest, we store.

Even though we are not able to reach climate targets using energy generated exclusively from wind power at the moment, it still plays a key role in the energy transition: as a provider of energy to produce green hydrogen. Onshore – or even better: in the turbines themselves.

Solar power? Is on its way.

What we have in wind on our doorstep, we lack in hours of sunshine. Which is a shame, because the blazing orb provides the cheapest power available: solar energy. The required technology is becoming more and more affordable in the form of solar panels. And utilising the generated energy is becoming more and more efficient. Ideal conditions – the only thing we lack is: sunshine.

At least at the moment. Because soon, several tonnes could be landing on our coast on a regular basis. In the form of H2 derivatives: solar power from the European sun belt and Northern Africa, converted through electrolysis to make them easier to transport and utilise.


Grey, blue or green hydrogen?

Hydrogen is not automatically climate friendly. Quite the opposite: conventional hydrogen, also known as grey hydrogen, emits a lot of CO₂ into the atmosphere as a waste product. This is because it is based on fossil fuels – as is blue hydrogen. However, the CO₂ generated during the production of blue hydrogen is captured and stored permanently underground. Even though it still takes a lot of energy to produce green hydrogen through electrolysis at the moment, this does not result in any harmful greenhouse gas.

Hydrogen FAQs

Olaf Lies

‘Green hydrogen is essential for Germany as an industrial location, for the energy transition and especially for the transformation of our economy.’

Olaf Lies, The Lower Saxony Minster for Economic Affairs, Traffic, Construction and Digitalisation

Waste heat.


When it comes to the energy transition, we have another iron in the fire: waste heat. Around 50° C from energy intensive processes within the ENERGY HUB that for all intents and purposes would drift off into the atmosphere. As a synergetic effect, they are a perfect source of heat. In the production facilities of the paper and cardboard factory, for example. Or to heat entire city districts via a heating network. And to supply urban farming projects with energy to cultivate and harvest regional fruit and vegetables.

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