The district of Passau is proud to present the results of the HyExperts feasibility study on the development of a hydrogen region. The 100-page study was presented to around 90 representatives from business and politics and highlights the region’s enormous potential as a pioneer in hydrogen technology.
Germany is striving to become independent of fossil fuels, and the district of Passau was selected as a “HyExpert” region in 2021 with the aim of becoming a hydrogen region. With funding of 400,000 euros from the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr), a comprehensive study was commissioned, which now serves as a catalyst for the development of sustainable solutions in rural areas. The funding is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
The Passau hydrogen region is already making tangible progress, including the opening of the first hydrogen refuelling station in Passau-Sperrwies, operated by the Next Mobility Accelerator Consortium. A planned hydrogen hub at the new A3 and A94 motorway junction promises an additional boost.
District Administrator Raimund Kneidinger is optimistic about the future: “Hydrogen is an energy carrier of the future. We are prepared to invest considerable sums of money, but we still need funding support.”
The feasibility study, prepared by an experienced project team, sheds light on various aspects from the production to the application of hydrogen with a focus on the transport sector. Renewable energies play a decisive role here and the study emphasises the importance of constant production.
Dr. Maria Diekmann from the Centouris Institute emphasises the existing density of experienced and active stakeholders in the region. She proposes the establishment of a biannual round table and suggests a Lower Bavaria-wide co-operation to further advance research and development.
The Passau hydrogen region is not only focusing on industry, but is also planning climate-neutral solutions for local public transport. 30 public transport buses are to be gradually converted to fuel cell drives by 2030.
The complete feasibility study of the HyExpert-Region Passau (HyPaLa) can be found in the download area of the HyLand website.