BioH2Log - Biogenic Hydrogen Production with Innovative Distribution Logistics


The German government's national hydrogen strategy is an important component in achieving the climate goals of 2030 and greenhouse gas neutrality in 2050. Climate-neutral, green hydrogen is given a central role in this strategy. Hydrogen can be used in various sectors, such as mobility, heat generation, or the chemical industry, and contributes to the decarbonization of these sectors. A coupling of fluctuations in supply and demand can be balanced with the help of hydrogen. The joint project "BioH2Log - Biogenic Hydrogen Production with Innovative Distribution Logistics", which started in January 2023, supports the development of dynamic models, so-called digital twins, for the production, storage, and distribution logistics of green hydrogen. Participating partners from the industry are Takeoff Engineering and Arcanum Energy, and from the Technical University of Munich the Chair of Materials Handling, Material Flow, Logistics, and the Chair of Plant and Process Technology.

In this project, the green hydrogen is produced by steam reforming of biogas. For this purpose, the sister project "BioH2Ref" started in January 2022 intending to develop a pilot plant for the production of hydrogen from biogas. For this purpose, the developed plant with a capacity of 100 kg of hydrogen per day will be installed and operated on a test location at the Schleupen biogas farm in Krefeld.2,3

As part of the "BioH2Log" project, the measurement data from the "BioH2Ref" project will be used synergistically to develop a digital twin of the hydrogen production plant. In addition, data of the hydrogen storage and tank system will be recorded as part of a measurement campaign, which in turn will serve as the basis for modeling the hydrogen storage system. Furthermore, a digital twin for innovative distribution logistics of green hydrogen is being developed. The focus here is on a model consisting of many decentralized production sites for biogenic hydrogen with many regional consumers, such as public transport vehicles.


"BioH2Log" (FKZ: 03EI5452B) is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), supervised by the Projektträger Jülich, and contributes to the hydrogen technology offensive by researching the production, storage, and distribution of green hydrogen.