Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is fast becoming one of Europe’s leading economic regions. We are already able to supply our industry with up to 100 percent renewable energy – as the first state in Germany. The OECD has attested to Northern Germany’s potential of becoming a world leader in the production of green hydrogen. With new carbon-neutral industrial areas and a new industry strategy, we want to tap the full potential of sustainable industrial growth as a state.
The APEX Group, based in Rostock-Laage, is one of the pioneers of the energy transition. In a decentralised approach, they enable companies to switch their own conventional energy supply to green hydrogen. Its range of services includes project development, procurement, construction, management and maintenance. In order to ensure reliable supply, the APEX Group has developed its own pressurised hydrogen storage system in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute. Together with established research institutions, such as the Leibniz Institute for Catalysis, the Rostock company is working on the next big innovation: the chemical storage of hydrogen.
In May 2021, the company put into operation what was then Europe’s largest grid-connected hydrogen plant. The APEX Group thus supplies completely carbon-neutral power to the company site and, in the future, to the adjacent industrial park. In June 2022, the company was commissioned by EWE AG & swb AG in Bremen to construct a 10-megawatt electrolysis plant to help transition the ArcelorMittal steel plant towards carbon-neutral steel production. The pilot project for decarbonising the steel industry is the first and largest project of its kind in Europe.
The mele® Group offers a broad range of building services – from technical building equipment and heating service to real estate management. The company is also at the leading edge when it comes to renewable energy: mele® plans, constructs and manages biogas plants that are used to produce sustainable electricity and heating from waste materials in a carbon-neutral approach. This includes plants in Dubai and Torgelow. The latter is planned to produce more than 100 million kilowatt hours per year. At the company’s own academy, the extensive knowledge in the field of biogas plants is passed on to agriculturalists and energy producers, teachers and plant managers. This makes the group one of the few biogas education partners in Europe.