Bringing hydrogen into the application

The HYDROGENIUM lighthouse project combines the activities of several regional institutes and industrial stakeholders. Its aim is to promote the development of a green hydrogen economy in the Heilbronn-Franken region. It is therefore divided into two sub-projects.




20.09.2023 – 31.12.2026

Field of applications

  • Expansion of test capacities for applications, components and systems with liquid hydrogen


Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Economic Affairs with approx. 2.3 million euros; approx. 4.6 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Project Leader

Wirtschaftsförderung Raum Heilbronn

Sub-project 1: Hydrogen logistics network

The focus is on increasing the acceptance of hydrogen in society, closing skills gaps and identifying training needs. In addition, companies are to be supported with simulation tools when making decisions on the introduction of hydrogen applications. The Heilbronn Region Economic Development Corporation (WFG), the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO), Heilbronn University (HHN) and the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are developing a concept for a hydrogen logistics network in the Heilbronn-Franconia region as well as a toolbox. It will be used to advise medium-sized companies, local authorities and municipal companies on how to enter the hydrogen economy.

Sub-project 2: Expansion of test capacities

The DLR Institute of Space Propulsion is responsible for setting up a test and application center to test new technologies with gaseous and liquid hydrogen. The HYDROGENIUM is designed as a modular system. Components and systems in all technology readiness levels (TRL) can be tested and specific customer requirements can be verified. On an area of around two hectares, the DLR offers test capacities for six test positions on an industrial scale. They can be flexibly expanded and are equipped with high-quality analytics. The test positions are fed with gaseous hydrogen from the existing two electrolysers. They are connected directly to the Harthäuser Wald wind farm with a nominal output of three megawatts. A supply of up to 4,000 kilograms per hour is possible, particularly for test applications with high mass flows of liquid hydrogen.




Fabian Jörg

Project Leader
German Aerospace Center (DLR)
Institute of Space Propulsion
Applied Hydrogen Technologies
Im Langen Grund, 74239 Hardthausen