Project eFarm

The Joint Project "eFarm" for Hydrogen Mobility in North Frisia.

The project "eFarm"
The project "eFarm", the so far largest green hydrogen mobility project in Germany, involves the creation of a joint hydrogen infrastructure from production and processing through to fleet utilisation. The aim is to introduce shared, sustainable management of renewable energy sources to society:  to jointly produce, transport, process and market hydrogen in a network.

The components
In North Frisia, the project will provide supply security for 100% green and regionally produced hydrogen from wind power available to residents and companies who wish to purchase a hydrogen-powered vehicle.

  • Construction of five hydrogen production sites (five electrolysers, each 225 kW) at wind farms
  • Construction of two hydrogen fuelling stations in Husum an Niebüll
  • Acquisition of two fuel-cell buses for public transportation
  • Acquisition of five fuel-cell passenger cars

The funding
Based around the joint initiative previously known as the “Hydrogen Mobility Project”, the company eFarming GmbH & Co. KG founded by GP JOULE will now, together with community wind and solar parks and public services, set up and operate a hydrogen production and distribution grid in North Frisia on a modular, expandable basis. The ongoing project eFarm is being subsidised by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of EUR 8 million as part of the National Innovation Programme Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology funding directive. The implementation of the funding directive is being coordinated by NOW GmbH.

Acceptance through added value
By allowing citizens to experience renewable energies and participate in regional value creation, the necessary acceptance for this project is generated. With this in mind there are, additionally to direct citizen participation, plans to implement systematic acceptance management with the citizens to support the project. This will involve initiating a dialogue process, systematically monitoring acceptance and analysing the influencing factors.

The process
Since heat is also generated in the production of hydrogen, this will also be fed into the local heat supply network. The hydrogen will be then be filled into mobile storage containers and transported by truck to the two hydrogen filling stations. Here the hydrogen will be further compressed in order to enable fuelling of the buses as required, as well as additional hydrogen-powered trucks and cars. The fuelling process takes just a few minutes; one full tank is sufficient to travel 350 km in a bus or 600 km in a car, for example. As such, the vehicles will run 100% on green hydrogen right from the start. 60 private individuals and entrepreneurs in the region have already expressed an interest in acquiring so-called fuel-cell vehicles and purchasing hydrogen locally as soon as the hydrogen filling stations go into operation. Other interested parties for fuel cell cars and trucks are welcome.

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