City of Brake
Aim: CO2-free port and logistics processes through hydrogen technology using the example of the city of Brake
Duration: 07/20 to 09/21
Brake is the administrative centre of the district Wesermarsch. With its specific structure of the industry located here in a rural region at the coast and with a strong expansion of wind energy, Brake has the potential to become a genuine model region in the field of hydrogen and the mapping of the entire value chain. In addition, Brake has the second largest seaport in Lower Saxony, which as a hub for a wide variety of means of transport offers a multitude of applications for the use of hydrogen and is an ideal location as a centre for hydrogen distribution. Especially for a wind energy region like the Wesermarsch district, this added value is of fundamental importance on the path towards a climate-neutral future. The transport sector is responsible for about one fifth of CO2 emissions in Germany. Against this backdrop, there is a high potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel, especially in the logistics sector with its often long transport distances and large transport volumes. Within the scope of the H2BrakeCO2 project, a concept for the development and integration of an H2 infrastructure in the port area of the city of Brake is being developed. The focus is on port and logistics processes, taking into account the efficiency potential of digitalisation. The concept covers the entire value chain from the production of hydrogen and renewable energies to applications in shipping, the various transport carriers on the road and in the port area, as well as in shore-side power supply. A wide variety of business sectors in the Brake study area and the entire Northwest metropolitan region are integrated. The H2BrakeCO2 concept can therefore serve as a blueprint for CO2 reduction for other port locations and in the traditionally carbon-based transport industry, and contributes to the sustainable design of port and logistics processes in the sense of “smart logistics”.The project has already been able to win over more than 40 supporters from politics, business and industry and is thus optimally networked.