By contrast, the share of renewable energies is still lagging, and the region’s transportation system heavily relies on road traffic. In an attempt to become “Europe’s greenest industrial region”, several municipalities in the Ruhr Area are active in the field of hydrogen, which can be understood as a clear sign of a growing hydrogen market for the Ruhr Area.
The Ruhr Area (located in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia) has decades of experience in the production, distribution and use of hydrogen, especially in the (petro)chemical industry. Germany's longest industrial hydrogen pipeline (240 km) also connects chemical sites in the Ruhr with the Rhineland region. The conversion of this previously emission-laden grey hydrogen to green sources is complemented by a wide range of new production and application possibilities for hydrogen. The steel industry, mobility, generation at former power plant sites and the supply of neighbourhoods are particularly worthy of mention.