The H2-VALUE chain of the Rostock region

With the development of a regional value chain from regeneratively produced, green hydrogen, actors from politics, business and science are working together towards the goal of a sustainable, competitive hydrogen economy. The potential offered by wind and solar energy is being implemented in a variety of projects in the sense of linking sectors.

The USAGE of hydrogen or its derivatives offers a broad field of application in the areas of mobility, industry and supply and is reflected in the region's diverse projects. A high transregional offtake potential can also be expected due to the planned rededication of the existing pipeline.



In the agricultural sector, changes are necessary in the interests of sustainability. In the Rostock district, the Norwegian fertiliser company Yara is examining the extent to which the production of ammonia can be made cleaner and more sustainable through the use of climate-neutral hydrogen.

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Heavy duty vehicles

In the transport sector, which accounts for 40% of the total energy consumption of the Rostock region, transformation processes must be initiated. For this purpose, it is currently being investigated which prerequisites must be created so that hydrogen-based emission-free or climate-neutral drives can be used in the area of municipal vehicles, such as intercity buses of the company rebus Regionalbus Rostock GmbH or waste disposal vehicles of the Rostock municipal waste disposal company.


As part of the Pa-X-ell2 research project, the Rostock-based shipping company AIDA Cruises is investigating the development of a hydrogen-powered fuel cell as part of a decentralised energy system. The American parent company Carnival Maritime GmbH has joined the "Getting to Zero" initiative of the shipping industry and wants to put the emission-free cruise ship into operation in 2030, and by 2040 the entire fleet should be climate-neutral.


The topic of sustainability has long been in the focus of tourism, one of the most important economic sectors in the region. The combination of innovation and sustainability is to be realised on the Pütnitz peninsula near Ribnitz-Damgarten in a nature-based climate-friendly tourism project. The potential of hydrogen as an energy carrier is to be implemented here, for example, in the area of mobility.

Apex Industrial Park

Climate-neutral business park

In Rostock-Laage, not far from Rostock Airport, the energy supplier Apex Group is building a CO2-neutral hydrogen centre. The grid-connected hydrogen power plant and an H2 combined heat and power plant will supply the companies settling there with climate-neutral energy. From 2026, the hydrogen will be produced primarily for the "doing hydrogen pipeline“.

District heating network

In order for the Rostock region to be climate-neutral by 2035, hydrogen will be an important energy carrier for the sustainable district heating supply. In terms of sector linking, the surplus heat from the conversion of renewable electricity to hydrogen can be fed into the existing district heating network of the Hanseatic City of Rostock or Güstrow, as is envisaged in the energy port project or doing hydrogen, for example.