Berlin– The winners of the Hystarter competition have been announced. Nine regions in Germany are being supported to develop a local network and to develop a hydrogen concept for the region.
The nine HyStarter of the funding measure “HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany” of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure are:
- County of Schaumburg
- County of Marburg
- Neustadt an der Waldnaab
For the implementation of the HyStarter project, a consortium consisting of the companies Spilett, Choice, Becker-Buttner-Held Consulting, EE Engineers and Reiner Lemoine Institute was commissioned. The project is funded by the National Innovation Program Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP). As a federal company, NOW is coordinator of the program and is responsible for the HyStarter project.
Across Germany, the competition met with great interest: a total of 138 expressions of interest were received and 85 candidates submitted a complete application. The challenges facing regions in the development of hydrogen concepts vary and have been grouped in the selection of winners in seven categories:
- Coastal land / wind energy (Rügen-Stralsund)
- Structural Change / Energy (Lusatia)
- Industry / Automotive (Reutlingen)
- Metropolitan Region / Mobility (Kiel)
- Education / Knowledge transfer (Weimar and Marburg)
- Medium-sized region (Allgäu and Landkreis Schaumburg)
- Border region / European network (Neustadt ad Waldnaab)
The HyExperts and HyPerformer categories are currently running two further competitions under the funding measure “HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany”. With HyExperts and HyPerformer, the competition is aimed at regions that have already gained initial experience or want to put existing concepts into practice. The application is possible until 30th September 2019.