Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz learned more about the advancement of hydrogen technology from the business in charge of running the Höchst industrial park in Frankfurt am Main during his visit.
Olaf Scholz, the federal chancellor, visited the Industriepark Höchst to learn more about the infrastructure for hydrogen. Director of Infraserv, Dr. Joachim Kreysing gave the Chancellor a tour of the 4.6 square kilometers industrial area and also gave him the first hydrogen filling station for passenger trains in Hesse, which is being built in the industrial park and where, by the end of the year, the world’s largest fuel cell train fleet will be refueled. The Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund will begin using 27 hydrogen-powered regional trains by the end of 2022. These trains will refuel in Industriepark Höchst. The actions of the Ineratec firm, which intends to construct a power-to-liquid plant in the Höchst Industrial Park, were another important issue.
The Chancellor declared, “We will advance hydrogen technology swiftly and use it for many types of transportation, in the interests of sustainability but also to become more independent in terms of energy supply.” “As you can see, we’re not discussing tomorrow’s technologies here in Industriepark Höchst. Utilizing hydrogen is now a reality here.
Kreysing notified the Federal Chancellor about the Industriepark Höchst hydrogen hub, which produces around 50 million cubic meters of hydrogen annually. The chemical industry has always been a catalyst for innovation and will be crucial in creating long-term solutions for the world’s future energy needs. The chemical industry is the only sector that can provide immediate answers to the pressing problems of future energy supply and transportation concepts.
Managing Director of Ineratec, Dr. Tim Böltken, gave a presentation on the power-to-liquid project being carried out in Industriepark Höchst. From 2023, Ineratec will use the technologically advanced infrastructure of Industriepark Höchst to generate up to 3,500 tons of synthetic kerosene and chemical raw materials annually. The business will use the biogenic carbon dioxide (CO 2) generated at the site to create synthetic fuels, or so-called e-fuels, in the pioneer plant. These allow for the adoption of climate-neutral transportation ideas, particularly for aviation and shipping, said Böltken. “As a substitute for fuels and chemicals of fossil origin.