A consortium from the city of Ulm, the administrative districts of Alb-Donau and Neu-Ulm as well as universities and business enterprises from the region was selected as the winner of the category HyExpert within the federal funding program HYLAND – Hydrogen Regions in Germany. This was announced by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure on Thursday in Berlin.
Lord Mayor Gunter Czisch , District Administrator Thorsten Freudenberger and Prof. Michael Schlick from the Technical University Ulm, as representatives of the consortium, personally accepted the grant. “This promotion shows that we are on the right track in the region with the close cooperation between universities, business enterprises, politics and administration in the practical application of future technologies.” I thank the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research (ZSW) of the Technical University Ulm and the University of Ulm for the great support so far during the application phase and we would like to continue this successful cooperation “, emphasized Czisch.
“We see the commitment pledge as a clear mandate, to further develop the already existing strengths in our region in hydrogen research and utilization and to translate them into tangible and sustainable solutions for all actors in the region. This is not least relevant for the far-reaching structural change process in all sectors, which is necessary for compliance with the climate protection goals, “emphasized Freudenberger.
“For the science location – and especially for us as the University of Applied Sciences Ulm – funding is a great opportunity to intensify the existing activities with all our partners even more and to create the basis for realizable transformation projects in the coming years Innovative energy technologies of the Chamber of Crafts Ulm (WBZU), we also have a strong partner at our side to convey knowledge about hydrogen and fuel cell technology of the population and the economy, “said Prof. Michael Schlick about the successful application.
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure announced a national competition in the summer under the title “Hyland – Hydrogen Regions in Germany”, in which municipalities and regions could apply in three categories. They should therefore be specifically motivated – depending on the starting position – to develop initial ideas for integrated concepts, to concretise and elaborate plans, or to implement these plans with the support of the Federal Government.
The funding takes into account the varying knowledge and experience of the different regions. Because everyone should have the chance to become a hydrogen region. Support for regions and municipalities therefore ranges from assistance in raising awareness of the issue or the initial organization of the actor landscape (HyStarter), to creating integrated concepts and in-depth analyzes (HyExperts), to the step of actually procuring applications can and implement the concepts (HyPerformer).