All across Germany, more and more sites that focus on hydrogen are popping up. In addition to real-world labs, HyLand Regions and ITZ satellites, there are so-called centers where hydrogen research and development is being driven forward. An additional contact point is now to be created in Hamburg: a demonstration center for sector-coupling and hydrogen technologies. At the new demo center, the expertise of the Competence Center für Erneuerbare Energien und EnergieEffizienz (CC4E), which is the renewables research center at applied science university HAW Hamburg, is to be joined with that of Fraunhofer IWES (Fraunhofer-Institut für Windenergiesysteme).
The aim is, together with other partners from industry and science, to research the development and implementation of hydrogen technologies, in order to ensure a climate-neutral and independent energy supply within each of the individual sectors. For this, 5.9 million euros from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as well as resources from the state of Hamburg will be provided.
Professor Werner Beba, director of CC4E, explained: “The global competition for climate protection technologies has already begun. With the goal of energy technology autonomy, German companies are to become leaders in modern hydrogen technologies… Through its research and development projects, the demonstration center aims to accelerate the clean energy transition and at the same time function as a stimulus program that promotes sustainable innovations in the economy on the way to effective climate protection.”