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Hansewerk Natur Case Study


The federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein hope to make northern Germany a national hydrogen (H2) technology hub. Given its plentiful supply of wind energy, for which H2 is a promising storage option, the location is perfect. With this in mind, the city of Hamburg is intent on supplying all interested parties in the electricity, heat, and transportation sectors almost exclusively with green hydrogen by 2035. One of the key players in meeting this goal is the HanseWerk Group, whose grids provide over 3 million customers in northern Germany with electricity, gas, and heat. Its subsidiary, HanseWerk Natur, manages more than 850 energy conversion plants with a total capacity of around 800 MW, generating over 1,100 GW hours of heat per year using pipeline gas or biogas. With the aim of climate neutrality by 2030, the heating grid operator is increasing the proportion of biogas and biomethane in its operations as well as continuously expanding its use of waste heat. Because HanseWerk Natur rates green hydrogen as a key technology for the energy transition, it has been working on various H2 projects for some years now.


The joint flagship project by HanseWerk Natur and INNIO is the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the 1 MW range converted in the field and capable of operating either with 100% natural gas or with variable hydrogen-natural gas mixtures up to 100% H2. In this flagship project, INNIO and HanseWerk Natur are pooling their valuable expertise in operating CHP systems as efficiently as possible using H2 or natural gas-hydrogen mixtures. After the first series of tests, a second series during commissioning confirmed a significant improvement in the plant’s performance and efficiency when running on H2. The Jenbacher pilot plant in the center of Hamburg provides 30 residential buildings, a sports center, a daycare center, and the Othmarschen Park leisure complex with a reliable supply of local heating that equates to 13,000 MW hours every year. The electricity generated is fed to electric vehicle charging points in Othmarschen’s multi-level parking garage as well as to the local grid.


Green hydrogen is a key to boosting the proportion of renewables in the power and heat sector. By linking wind or solar farms to large electrolyzers, the excess energy generated during peak production periods can either be stored or fed into the natural gas network in the form of H2. The innovative Jenbacher CHP facility in Hamburg’s Othmarschen district proves INNIO and HanseWerk Natur right: Pure hydrogen operation on an industrial scale is no longer just blue-sky thinking, but sets the course for greener and more reliable, flexible, and forward-looking power systems. As of 2022, all Jenbacher units in the 50 Hz range are available with a “Ready for H2” option. This means that they can run on admixtures of up to 20% (vol.) hydrogen in pipeline gas and can easily be converted to 100% H2 operation. INNIO anticipates that from 2025 onward, its entire Jenbacher product portfolio will be capable of operating with 100% H2.

Customer benefits

Benefits of INNIO‘s Jenbacher H2 CHP system:

  • Climate neutral
  • High efficiency at around 93%
  • Highly flexible operation
  • Reliable decentralized energy supply at the point of use
  • Complementary to seasonal wind and solar power
  • Low emissions


Hamburg, Germany

Installed engines

 1 x J416

Electrical output

 600 kW

Thermal output

 1 MW

Energy source

100% Hydrogen


2019 (pipeline gas), 2022 (hydrogen)

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