Hamburg wants to establish import port for synthetic fuels and combustibles
Hamburg wants to become a central trading point for synthetic and climate-friendly fuels from all over the world. To this end, green hydrogen and its derivatives such as e-fuels and e-methanol as well as biofuels and combustibles are to be stored in a climate-friendly manner on the premises of the terminal operator Evos from 2026 onwards as part of the so-called "Hamburg Blue Hub" and brought into use throughout Germany and Europe.
"We want to develop Hamburg into one of the most important trading point for green hydrogen and its derivatives in Europe," said Economics Senator Melanie Leonhard (SPD) on Thursday at the presentation of the project.
To achieve this goal, the companies Evos Hamburg GmbH, the Lother Group and eFuel GmbH have founded the so-called "Hamburg Blue Hub." This will create an open trading point for green molecules such as hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives, for example e-fuels, e-methanol and other synthetic fuels and combustibles, from around the world when it starts in 2026, primarily to facilitate imports to Germany and Europe. The Port of Hamburg already has state-of-the-art loading facilities for ocean-going vessels, barges, trains and tankers, which can also be used for the planned new synthetic and climate-friendly fuels. "With this project, we can import e-fuels or the raw material for our patented gasoline synthesis, e-methanol, to Germany from sun- and wind-rich regions of the world. This brings us a big step closer to the goal of decarbonizing passenger, air and shipping traffic," explains Jörg Engelmann, managing director of CAC.
The first green molecules could arrive as early as 2026 from various international projects, such as the Chilean "Haru Oni" project. A declaration of intent was signed in the presence of the first mayor in Santiago de Chile in August 2022.
The project details of "Hamburg Blue Hub" were presented by Harry Deans, Managing Director of the Evos Group, Matthias Bartholl, Managing Director of the Lother Group, and Eike Mönneke, further Managing Director of eFuel GmbH, at an information event on March 30, 2023 at the Evos Hamburg site. Also present were Hamburg's Senator for Economic Affairs, Dr. Melanie Leonhard, and Dr. Diego Pardow, Minister of Energy of the Republic of Chile, with delegation. In addition, the Hamburg South America business delegation from 2022 was invited, consisting of the companies HHLA, HCU, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce, Aurubis AG, Hamburger Hochbahn, HamburgInvest, HiSolution, Hafen Hamburg Marketing, HanBao Neue Energien, AI Hamburg, Evos, Mitsubishi, HPA, TUHH, as well as representatives of international companies and research institutions such as BMW, Toyota, Tensor, University Bergakademie Freiberg, HCU, and CAC | Chemieanlagenbauer Chemnitz