From regional generation and the use of hydrogen (H2) buses to emission-free company fleets: hydrogen mobility has many facets. In order to jointly create the necessary structures, Bottrop, Gelsenkirchen and the lead district of Recklinghausen will develop a regional implementation concept under the title “HyExperts Region Emscher-Lippe” in the coming months.
It should cover all stages of the value chain of future hydrogen mobility and involve as many local actors as possible.
With this aim, experts and companies from the region will meet for a virtual working meeting on November 23, 2020, the first of an expected three H2 regional forums.
“Hydrogen as an energy carrier is an important component of climate-neutral mobility and has the strong potential to add new value to our region. The Emscher-Lippe region, with its innovative industrial locations and its active players, already offers the best prerequisites for taking on a nationwide pioneering role in this area. Together we now have to expand the existing structures and networks, ”said Bodo Klimpel, District Administrator of the Recklinghausen district.
“When it comes to hydrogen competence, we are already in a very good position in the region. Now we are bringing these concepts together for generation, transport, application, and innovations under one roof. We want to set up a smart system in the HyExperts region Emscher-Lippe, which makes optimal use of the strengths of our region for the coming hydrogen mobility ”, says Bernd Tischler, Lord Mayor of Bottrop.
Regional strengths and peculiarities play a central role in successfully implementing hydrogen mobility. The cities of Bottrop, Gelsenkirchen and the Recklinghausen district are therefore working together on a regional implementation concept that is not only intended to advance climate protection, but also thinks ahead with existing structures and can create new value creation options in the region. It will be elaborated under the title “HyExperts Region Emscher-Lippe” by August 2021 and should take into account all facets of future hydrogen mobility, from public transport to logistics and disposal to individual transport. The actors involved come together regularly (online) and discuss opportunities and perspectives for the region.
The development of the HyExperts region Emscher-Lippe as a hydrogen region is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of 300,000 euros as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP2). “The Emscher-Lippe region positioned itself very promisingly at an early stage and was one of the first to be promoted as HyExperts throughout Germany with very specific projects. The region already has a clear hydrogen profile and is successfully building on it. We look forward to the results of the conception process ”, said Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorff, Managing Director of NOW GmbH, which coordinates the funding program.
The H2 Regional Forum is the first of a series of working meetings that will be held in various (online) formats as part of the concept development in the coming months. Companies, as well as local actors from the region, various experts, and best practice projects, are invited to contribute with their projects and their expertise in the design of the HyExperts region Emscher-Lippe.
About the project
The aim of the HyExperts Region Emscher-Lippe is to build regional structures for climate-neutral transport on the basis of hydrogen. An implementation study led by the Recklinghausen district as well as the cities of Gelsenkirchen and Bottrop is to develop specific solutions that can also be transferred to other regions and work them out as an overall concept. Results are expected in late summer 2021. The project is funded as part of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP2) with a total of 300,000 euros by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The funding guidelines are coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ).
Dr. Hanno Butsch | BBH Consulting