The eFarm project is the largest green hydrogen mobility scheme in Germany to date, providing a hydrogen infrastructure from production and processing through to fleet use – all implemented on a cooperative basis. The aim is to introduce a sustainable, collective system to society at large based on renewable energies: production, transportation, processing and marketing.
In North Frisia, the project secures the supply of 100 % green, regionally produced hydrogen from wind power for residents and companies who wish to purchase a hydrogen-powered vehicle.
In collaboration with citizen wind and solar parks as well as municipal utilities companies, eFarming GmbH & Co. KG – initiated by GP JOULE – is the company being set up based on the cooperative project previously known as the “Hydrogen Mobility Project” to establish and provide a modular, expandable network of hydrogen production and distribution in North Frisia. The ongoing eFarm project is 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. Implementation of the funding directive is coordinated by NOW GmbH .
Enabling citizens to experience renewable energies and participate in regional value creation creates the necessary acceptance of the project. In view of this, project supervision includes systematic acceptance management in addition to direct citizen participation: in this way, a dialogue process is initiated in which acceptance is systematically monitored, indicating influence variables.
“If people can see the connection between renewable energy production and consumption, as well as the wide-ranging benefits that so many can tap into in terms of value creation and prosperity – then they will accept the energy turnaround. For this purpose, eFarm will allow for direct public participation.”
Ove Petersen, GP JOULE co-founder and managing director
Since heat is also generated in the production of hydrogen, this is fed into the local heat supply network. The hydrogen is then be filled into mobile storage containers and transported by truck to the two hydrogen filling stations. Here the hydrogen is 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. The vehicles are supplied with 100 % green hydrogen right from the start. 60 private individuals and entrepreneurs in the region have already expressed an interest in acquiring fuel-cell vehicles and purchasing hydrogen locally as soon as the hydrogen filling stations go into operation. Additional prospective customers for fuel cell cars and lorries are cordially welcome to join the scheme.