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Short study - Provision of hydrogen with a low GHG footprint (possibilities - state of development - costs)

Research Center
TU Bergakademie Freiberg: Institute for Energy Process Engineering and Chemical Engineering - Dr. T. Kuchling, A. Awgustow
Project Accompaniment
Wintershall Dea GmbH, Kassel - A. Davies
ExxonMobil Production Group Deutschland GmbH, Hanover - C. Hunsche
Reason and Goal

The process variants for hydrogen production are described and the current state of knowledge and development is presented. On the basis of modular process models, the material and enthalpy balances are worked out and the GHG intensity and the energy efficiency for these routes are determined. At the same time, the models also serve to determine the H2 production costs (CAPEX, OPEX) with the inclusion of literature data.

The study builds on the work of the DGMK 815 study "Production of greenhouse gas-reduced or greenhouse gas-neutral gaseous or liquid hydrocarbons or energy carriers".


The short study is intended to provide a well-founded evaluation of the various options for hydrogen supply with regard to, among other things, GHG reduction potential, efficiency, product costs as well as development status and market maturity.



The research report was published.

Project Status

Project Coordinator

Dr. Susanne Kuchling

Head of the Geo-Energy-Systems and Subsurface Technologies Department


Wintershall Dea GmbH

ExxonMobil Production Germany GmbH