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Germany: Broad Support in Government for Hydrogen

By September 14, 2019

September 14, 2019

  • Prime Minister Söder and Minister of Economics Aiwanger support hydrogen
  • A broad alliance with industry and science should promote the expansion of hydrogen technology

Munich–The Bavarian State Government founded and opened the center Wasserstoff.Bayern (H2.B) last Thursday. This competence cluster at the Energy Campus in Nuremberg aims to raise the enormous potential of the hydrogen economy in Bavaria.

Prime Minister Dr. Markus Söder: “Bavaria is a pioneer in green technologies of the future. Business and climate protection go hand in hand with us. The center of hydrogen.Bayern will be the driving force for hydrogen applications – from research to market launch. We shape the future through innovation and progress. ”

“Hydrogen will play a major role in addressing the shift in energy and mobility. Bavaria has the technological know-how and the industrial prerequisites to make this clean energy source a breakthrough in our home country. Therefore, I want to enable a timely application. The hydrogen car of the next few years must come from Bavaria, “said the Minister of State for Economic Development, Land Development and Energy, Hubert Aiwanger at the founding event.

Science Minister Bernd Sibler emphasized: “High-caliber and proven experts in energy issues work in Erlangen and Nuremberg, especially on hydrogen! In particular, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg is contributing its outstanding expertise to the new Hydrogen.Bayern Center, making it a decisive player when it comes to developing a forward-looking concept for a Bavarian hydrogen strategy. ”

The technical leadership of the new H2.B will be carried out by the scientists Prof. Dr. med. Veronika Grimm and Professor dr. Peter Wasserscheid from the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg. Both professors are also part of the management team of the Energy Campus in Nuremberg.

The hydrogen center’s task is to develop a Bavarian hydrogen strategy in the coming months, involving industry, science and politics.

The H2.B is supported by the simultaneously founded hydrogen alliance Bavaria. A total of 16 partners from industry, science and municipalities are laying the foundation for joint action in order to establish hydrogen as an energy carrier of the future. The alliance is to be open to further members from industry, science and the municipalities.

With H2.B and the hydrogen alliance Bavaria, the state government wants to make sure that they are among the pioneers of innovative hydrogen technologies. The goals are to develop Bavaria into the leading location in the industrial production of hydrogen key technologies, to establish technology leadership in hydrogen storage and logistics, and to accelerate the expansion of the filling station infrastructure.

The state government commissioned the H2.B leadership with Professors Grimm and Wasserscheid to identify, initiate and conduct research on suitable H2 demonstration projects. Citizens and municipalities should also be able to experience the application possibilities through public relations work.

Source: Bavarian Ministry

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