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In Jänschwalde, Brandenburg, 500 million euros are to be invested in the production of green hydrogen and sustainable aviation fuel. The plant is to be built by 2027 on the new so-called Green Areal Lausitz.

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According to information from the German Press Agency, the Wiesbaden company Hy2gen and the property owner Euromovement want to officially announce this on Thursday.

The aim is to establish Jänschwalde as a production site for climate-neutral fuels. The “Green Areal Lausitz”, called GRAL, is being developed on the former Drewitz airfield. In a preliminary study, those involved wanted to develop findings on feasibility, risks and benefits, it said. The start of construction is scheduled for 2024.

The electrolyser should initially have a capacity of 123 megawatts. In such a plant, hydrogen can be produced from water with the help of green electricity, which does not release any greenhouse gases when used.

Brandenburg’s Economics Minister Jörg Steinbach (SPD) praised: “The implementation of such an innovative project can provide important impetus for structural development in Lusatia and further strengthen the energy state of Brandenburg as a technology and business location.”

In mid-May, the state government released 2.94 million euros for planning the rail connection to the GRAL. The railway connection itself is expected to cost around 41 million euros.