Our visionary hydrogen transport network

The German FNBs have designed a visionary hydrogen transport network of about 5,900 km, over 90% of which is based on today's natural gas pipelines.  

Industrial locations with a high future demand for hydrogen, transport centres and possible hydrogen production, storage and import locations were taken into account. GRTgaz Deutschland and the other FNBs have already published the first steps on this path in the network development plan 2020-2030.



European hydrogen backbone

For GRTgaz Deutschland and its counterparts in Europe, a 23,000 km hydrogen network is possible for 2040. This European “hydrogen backbone” will be made up of 75% converted natural gas pipelines and 25% new hydrogen pipelines. Ultimately, two networks will existone network will be dedicated to hydrogen, and the other to (bio)methane.



P2G as part of the energy transition

GRTgaz coordinated with various French partners the first Power-to-Gas demonstration plant with a power of 1 Mwel transforming  electricity into hydrogen through electrolysis. The hydrogen and synthesized methane are injected into the natural gas network. GRTgaz estimates that by 2050, the Power-to-Gas solution will produce between 15 and 20 TWh of renewable gases per year. 


Power-to-Gas project coordinated by GRTgaz


Gas as energy storage

Excess electrical current can only be stored to a very limited extent. By means of electrolysis, electricity can produce oxygen and hydrogen from water. In the future, hydrogen can replace many fossil fuels. It burns again in a cycle with oxygen to water without emitting greenhouse gases.


France collaborates with Germany on the energy transition

In summer 2020, both Germany and France set ambitious targets for the development of a hydrogen economy. Together, the two industrialised nations want to take on a leading role worldwide.  

GRTgaz and GRTgaz Deutschland are pursuing cross-border projects on hydrogen production, transport and consumption with other partners in order to take small steps to establish a European backbone system.


For the first time, supply contracts for biomethane

On 14 October 2020, GRTgaz Deutschland awarded supply contracts for energy in the form of biomethane for the first time. In total, 17,520 MWh (about 5 %) of our forecast annual consumption in 2021 will now be supplied by biogas. 

Based on positive results of the tender, we can imagine increasing the share of biomethane in our fuel gas consumption to up to 10% in the future.



Separation of Hydrogen from Gas Mixtures via Membranes

There is a framework agreement with ONTRAS for the research on and development of hydrogen. Via its parent company GRTgaz, GRTgaz Deutschland is involved in the project entitled "Separation of Hydrogen by means of Membranes" in Prenzlau. The partners, among which include ONTRAS, are testing in a pilot plant how best to produce pure hydrogen from a hydrogen-containing gas mixture by means of membranes. The results are of crucial importance for a future hydrogen economy.


GRTgaz Deutschland commits to new framework to monitor, report and reduce methane emissions

As a German system operator of a gas transport infrastructure, GRTgaz Deutschland joined OGMP and therefore agreed to report methane emissions with a new, much higher level of transparency.

The Oil and Gas Methane Partnership (OGMP) is a Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) initiative led by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the European Commission (EC), and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). The new OGMP2.0 framework is the new gold standard reporting framework that will improve the reporting accuracy and transparency of anthropogenic methane emissions in the oil and gas sector.

The goal is to enable the oil and gas industry to realize deep reductions in methane emissions over the next decade in a way that is transparent to civil society and governments.



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