On July 6, 2017, the same date as the 5th Annual Hydrogen Day, the German Aerospace Center, DLR, broke ground for the H2ORIZON project. Planning took seven years (see October 2016 issue of H2-international) – now, the objective is to get the first hydrogen station in Lampoldshausen up and running before the end of 2018.
Formerly known as Next Energy, the research institution based in Oldenburg, Germany, is now part of the German Aerospace Center, DLR, and has been renamed Institute of Networked Energy Systems (DLR-VE, see Next Energy as New DLR Location). On June 28, DLR’s council approved the integration of the institute, which is said to be continuing its progress in high-quality work and complementing the DLR portfolio, mainly in energy research.
The sector is facing changes – this became clear during the general meeting of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP), which took place on June 1st and 2nd 2015 in Berlin. At the same time, however, there is continuity. There is to be a change in the NOW advisory council this summer, for example, as Prof. Dr. Werner Tillmetz will not be standing as Chairman again. Continuity is set to prevail for the project financing, though: Rainer Bomba, State Secretary in the Federal ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), agreed to the medium-term extension of the funding measures until 2018.