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Germany’s first authorised green hydrogen comes from slurry and manure 

The dream of green hydrogen for the energy transition in Germany is running slowly – but at least the rules have been legally defined since 14 March. There is still no certification for electrolysis plants, but bio-hydrogen has simply adopted the regulations for biomethane. Just four days after the decision was taken, the first green hydrogen was approved under the new rules at the Schleupen family’s Lefkeshof farm in Krefeld, the BtX energy GmbH announced.

BtX energy successfully completed the REDcert-EU audit within 4 days of the BImSchV decision(The Ordinance on Small and Medium-Sized Combustion Plants). The REDcert GmbH system is one of the leading and legally recognised certification systems for sustainable fuels. The CO2 balance is determined and then checked for correctness during the audit. The first green hydrogen approved for quota trading in Germany was approved by Carmen Jeddeloh, Managing Director of Normec Zertifizierung Umweltgutachter GmbH.

The whole thing took place at the Schleupen family farm, a 6th generation family business with dairy cattle farming. The biogas plant ran out of EEG remuneration in 2021, and the reformer was installed the following year thanks to funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Protection in the “BioH2Ref” project. By avoiding CH4 emissions from the liquid manure when used as fertiliser, the fuel, like biomethane, has negative CO2 values. This provides a considerable economic boost thanks to the greenhouse gas quota trading that has now been authorised.

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