Technical work at the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter
At the beginning of 2021, four projects were started at the Wasserstoff Campus Salzgitter. These involve the decarbonization of factory systems, a concept for supplying the Salzgitter region with green hydrogen, the development of steel tanks for transporting and storing the energy source, and the establishment of an overarching innovation network. The State of Lower Saxony and the City of Salzgitter are supporting the projects with around five million euros from the structural assistance program.
The primary goal of the campus is to develop innovative solutions for Salzgitter as a CO2-neutral industrial center and to consolidate the campus itself by setting up a demonstration infrastructure and developing consulting, training, and continuing education offerings.
Testing the decarbonization of the industrial sector on real hydrogen infrastructure
In the ”Factory Transformation” project, a blueprint is being developed for the decarbonization of factory systems, from planning to plant operation. With the aid of a digital factory image produced by Fraunhofer IST, design and operating scenarios for hydrogen technologies are being evaluated in terms of technology, economy and the environment, thus laying the groundwork for the assessment of investment in new hydrogen infrastructure. In the course of the investigations, an additional five million euros have been invested in new infrastructure at the pilot factory of Robert Bosch Elektronik GmbH, in particular in photovoltaic systems, district heating and fuel cell systems. This has particularly increased the potential for the CO2-neutral provision of heat and power. In the coming years, further investments will be made to integrate additional elements such as battery storage or electrolysis and refueling systems for hydrogen in order to reduce CO2 emissions from the pilot plant by 50 percent, or 5,000 metric tons of CO2.