The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has identified a location to situate three brand-new Hydrogen Innovation and Technology Centres.
The new hydrogen centres will have a special focus on strengthening the competitiveness of start-ups, founders and small to medium-sized companies that will look to progress fuel cell and hydrogen technology in mobility applications.
The three new centres will be located in Chemnitz, Duisberg and Pfeffenhausen.
The BMVI stated that the locations had been decided following an intensive evaluation of the location concepts that also considered the specific requirements with the involvement of industry in hydrogen and fuel cell technology.
Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, said, “We create mobility of the future with hydrogen. That is why we are stretching the hydrogen innovation and technology centre across Germany.
“The result of our location competition is 3 plus 1: Chemnitz, Duisburg, Pfeffenhausen and Northern Germany. We want to support hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the west, east, south and north – holistically.
“The locations take up the different needs of the industry and have different focuses. Because it is important to us that each location contributes its strengths. Overall, we take a look at all modes of transport such as rail, ship, car and plane.
“Only in this way can we maintain jobs in Germany and at the same time make our mobility climate-friendly. So that the locations can start their work quickly, we will provide up to 290 million euros by the end of 2024.
“The federal states are also giving the projects a hand. With today’s decision, we are taking another important step on the way to making Germany a ‘hydrogen country’.”
Sign up to our newsletter
Get all the latest hydrogen news, views and developments straight to your inbox.
Sign up to H2 View’s weekly bulletin today to ensure you don’t miss out