Hansewerk: massive participation in the expansion of hydrogen


Hansewerk, the Quickborn-based energy services provider, intends to invest more than one billion euros in security of supply and climate protection over the next three years.

Hansewerk: 380 to 400 million per year:

To this end, the energy service provider wants to continue to expand the network in order to prepare for the foreseeable boom in photovoltaics, CEO Matthias Boxberger said at a press briefing.

Hansewerk will also participate “massively” in the expansion of the hydrogen economy and reduce its own CO2 emissions. Hansewerk AG, together with its subsidiaries, intends to invest between 380 and 400 million euros per year in energy networks and their digitalization over the next three years.

Rising electricity demand:

The background to this announcement is, on the one hand, that Hansewerk expects 280,000 electric cars in the future. An additional 100,000 heat pumps will be installed in Schleswig-Holstein. On the other hand, the number of requests for power supply with photovoltaic systems more than doubled at the beginning of the year.

Mr. Boxberger, CEO of the company, states:

“The dimensions we have now will require significant spatial expansion of the network with large outlets and substations.”

He calls on politicians to plan the expansion of renewable energies at the same time as the expansion of the grid and to approve them in an interlocking manner.

New hydrogen society

Hansewerk is also focusing on the mega topic of hydrogen and is currently founding a joint venture with Avacon AG. The goal is to develop several hundred MW of electrolyser capacity and the renewable energy capacity required for this purpose by 2030.

Jan Gratenau, head of hydrogen at Hansewerk, states:

“We see enormous growth potential and want to promote decarbonization in northern Germany as part of the hydrogen and green gas initiative.”

As part of the “Norddeutsches Reallabor” energy transition project, Hansewerk plans to build a 25 MW electrolysis plant. In particular in the port of Hamburg to produce green hydrogen for industrial and mobility applications.

According to Gratenau, the EU’s very high requirements for the green electricity used are to blame. Policymakers must act to avoid stifling the emerging hydrogen industry.

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