Hydrogen Bremerhaven plans to become flagship maritime test area for hydrogen technologies

“H2Bx.MariTransGate” stands for one of the most ambitious projects to promote climate protection and the transition to green transport in the Federal Land of Bremen. As part of a nationwide competition, bremenports presented a comprehensive “IPCEI Expression of Interest” in cooperation with Bremerhaven Economic Development Company BIS. “On submitting this application, we plan to make Bremerhaven a flagship test area for hydrogen technologies in the maritime transport sector,” explains bremenports Managing Director Robert Howe. “The important thing about this is that the seven individual projects presented in the overall application are all closely interlinked. The 180-page project outline covers the production of green hydrogen from renewable energy sources, specific fields of application in Bremerhaven as an international transport node, as well as the import of hydrogen. It is hoped that these projects will generate important impetus for the promotion of hydrogen technologies in port operations as part of the transport sector.” 

The joint application submitted by bremenports and BIS was prepared with the support of numerous institutions, including in particular

The Senator for Science and Ports
The Mayor of Bremerhaven
The North German Maritime Cluster
H2BX eV.
wab e.V.

The joint projects are as follows:


H2Bx.HyGrid / Contact: bremenports
Based on the findings of the SHARC R&D project funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs, a project outline for the further implementation was drawn up in cooperation with Siemens AG. Wind energy and photovoltaic systems are to be used to generate additional renewable energy which will then be fed into a smart micro-grid to be set up for the port area and will also supply a “port electrolyser”. The green hydrogen that is generated will be stored temporarily in tanks before it is distributed to users at the port. An electrical storage unit will also be used for interim storage of the renewable energy generated at peak times. This project also includes the assessment of proposals for new operating strategies.


H2Bx.HyDistriTerm / Contact: bremenports
This project is aimed at the development and establishment of handling, processing and distribution systems designed specifically for the import and distribution of hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives which are to be produced at the Überseehafen in Bremerhaven. Demand for hydrogen is expected to rise in line with increasing demand from industry and shipping and once production capacities are created at production locations with favourable conditions for generation (e.g. Iceland, Norway, Northern Africa and the Middle East). The hydrogen will be imported in a new type of container. Specialist tanker vessels will be used for the hydrogen derivatives.


H2Bx.HyShunter / Contact: bremenports
evb, Alstom, Hy Solutions, HPA and bremenports have set up a separate cooperation to investigate the development of a hydrogen-powered shunting locomotive. The ultimate aim is to enable the operation and above all create refuelling facilities for hydrogen-powered shunting locomotives at the port areas in Bremerhaven and Hamburg. In the Bremerhaven project, the aim is to create refuelling facilities for locomotives and also for innovative vessels with hydrogen propulsion technology, ideally as a multimodal refuelling station which can also be used by road vehicles.


H2Bx.HyShipSol / Contact: bremenports
Mobile hydrogen-based electricity generators and four new ships equipped with hydrogen propulsion systems are to provide a solution for shipping to support the market launch of hydrogen technology and utilise locally produced hydrogen. The project refers to service vessels used by bremenports and other government vessels operated by the harbourmaster and the river police.


H2Bx.HyLiner / Contact: Weserfähre GmbH
The seagoing passenger vessel GEESTEMÜNDE II is to be developed, designed, built and operated in line with best scientific and technical practice to ensure sustainability and efficient use of resources, using state-of-the-art methods, concepts and processes. The GEESTEMÜNDE II will be a flagship example of the safe and reliable use of methanol fuel cells in seagoing vessels. Together with the vessels in the HyShipSol sub-project, this will be a major milestone and provide important impetus for the decarbonisation of marine shipping.


H2Bx.HyFuel / Contact: BIS
This sub-project involves the development and construction of a production plant for synthetic methane and methanol up to an industrial scale and will be the starting point for the large-scale production of carbon-neutral marine fuels for industrial applications at Bremerhaven. It will create the conditions required for the provision of the synthetic, climate-neutral fuels methane and methanol for shipping and for supplying green methanol as fuel for the GEESTEMÜNDE II.


H2Bx.HyCompany / Contact: Brüssel & Maas Logistik GmbH
This project is aimed at developing and establishing an independent energy supply system which will cover all the individual operating processes of a typical transport company in the logistics business, such as refuelling the trucks, electricity supply as well as air-conditioning and heating for the building infrastructure. The main energy source will be electricity from the company’s own photovoltaic systems and green hydrogen generated by the user.

More Information

02 March 2021
Bremen’s Senate resolved to commission a study on hydrogen to obtain a basis within the near future for making decisions concerning the establishment of hydrogen infrastructure for the ports of Bremen.

03 March 2021
Bremerhaven as flagship maritime test area for hydrogen technologies bremenports submits funding application to Berlin with detailed project outlines