The port city of Hamburg in northern Germany is going to be the site of the construction of Germany’s first terminal for the import of green hydrogen and its derivatives. The terminal is expected to begin operations in 2026, according to Robert Habeck, the minister of the economy, and will be prepared to import green ammonia from Saudi Arabia at that time.
According to Habeck, “today’s decision to build a terminal for the import of green ammonia is a milestone for the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy in Germany and a strong signal for the entire hydrogen market in Germany and Europe.” “Today’s decision to build a terminal for the import of green ammonia is a milestone for the ramp-up of the hydrogen economy in Germany.” He went on to say that the facility will assist decarbonize Germany’s industries as well as the country’s power stations, in addition to diversifying Germany’s energy source.
The majority of the green ammonia will be turned into pure hydrogen by the company Air Products after it arrives at the Port of Hamburg. This hydrogen will then be transferred to end customers. Air Products will also generate the ammonia in Saudi Arabia. It is believed that hydrogen and its derivatives, such as ammonia, are essential for decarbonizing industries such as industry and aviation, which are two examples of uses where it is difficult or impossible to directly replace fossil fuels with renewable electricity.