German companies team up for largest hydrogen project in Bremen


Germany SWB, ArcelorMittal Bremen, and EWE intend to work together on the largest industrial hydrogen project ever attempted in Bremen.

The State of Bremen has allocated over 10 million euros to the three companies involved in the Hybit (Hydrogen for Bremen Industrial Transformation) project for the construction of an electrolysis plant, which accounts for about half of the total investment budget.

Renewable energy will be used to power a 12-megawatt electrolysis plant that will produce green hydrogen. Later, the electrolysis power will be increased to 300 MW. Expanding Bremen’s pipeline infrastructure will be necessary to meet the city’s long-term demand for climate-neutral steel production.

ArcelorMittal Flachstahl Deutschland plans to replace two blast furnaces in Bremen and Eisenhüttenstadt with a direct reduction system and an electric arc furnace in the first phase of decarbonization, which will result in the production of 3.6 million tons of steel. More than five million tons of CO2 will be saved each year if this production is completely converted to green hydrogen. Aiming to achieve this goal, ArcelorMittal has submitted additional applications for financial assistance under the IPCEI program for large hydrogen projects.

Hydrogen Bremen GmbH, a joint venture between swb and EWE, is building an electrolysis system at the Bremen-Mittelbüren power station with an initial capacity of 12 MW. In order to ensure future adaptability, the installation is performed in an empty machine hall using a series of modules.