For Berlin's coal phase-out and a sustainable district heating supply, the construction of a gas grid infrastructure in the north-west of Berlin is particularly time-critical. In order to achieve a climate-neutral heating supply by 2040+, the aim is to supply the combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Reuter West in Berlin with climate-friendly gas-based energy sources. This new infrastructure is planned to provide climate-neutral hydrogen in the future. In this way, the project partners will secure the heat supply of the capital and make a significant contribution to reducing CO2 emissions.
Climate-neutral hydrogen is an important module for securing and - at the same time - decarbonising Berlin’s electricity and district heating supplies. ONTRAS is planning the supra-regional transport of 100 % hydrogen by realising the European Hydrogen Backbone. Vattenfall and ONTRAS want to jointly facilitate regional hydrogen transport by installing the Future Connect North West and connecting Berlin to the European Hydrogen Backbone. In this way, it will be able to transport 100 % hydrogen to the CHP Reuter West.
Especially based of the following criteria, possible routes were elaborated by the project partners within the completed regional planning procedure (Raumordnungsverfahren) to link up with the supra-regional gas pipeline network: