Expanding the hydrogen economy in German state Bavaria is the main aim of the new Bavarian Hydrogen Centre, opened earlier this month in Nuremberg.
Located at Energie Campus Nürnberg (EnCN), the Bavarian state government has established the centre with the task of developing and implementing a Bavarian hydrogen strategy.
The centre, inaugurated on 5th September, brings together industry, science and politics to deliver momentum to the hydrogen economy, in particular promoting the use of hydrogen mobility throughout Bavaria and a wide adoption of hydrogen in practical applications.
At the inauguration, the Bavarian Government also established a Hydrogen Council with members that are key stakeholders in the Bavarian hydrogen economy.
Bavarian Minister President Dr. Markus Söder said, “Bavaria is at the forefront of green technology. We recognise the priorities of economic growth and protecting our climate equally.”
“The Bavarian Hydrogen Centre will lead the way in hydrogen technology from research to commercial applications. We are acting today to direct the future through innovation and progress.”
During the inauguration event, Söder stated the intention of the Bavarian Government to invest millions of euros in the research and development of hydrogen technology.
This investment will not just benefit the Bavarian Hydrogen Centre, it will also strengthen research infrastructure in the region.
In this context, Söder announced that the Bavarian Government will soon be investing €300m in the new buildings for the Department of Chemistry at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), where researchers are intensively investigating hydrogen technology and future energy systems.
Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs, Hubert Aiwanger, emphasised how important it is for Bavaria to be in the driving seat of energy technology rather than being left behind in the tail lights.
“Hydrogen is key to energy transformation. Our goal is to expedite the application of hydrogen technology in Bavaria and beyond. We want to close the gap between the laboratory and the roads. Setting up the Bavarian Hydrogen Centre is a major step towards achieving this.
“Collaborating with partners from industry in Bavaria is of particular importance, which is why we have formed the Bavarian Hydrogen Council today, in addition to setting up the centre.”
“We have already gained strong partners for the Bavarian Hydrogen Council and more will follow. This is part of our strategy to position Bavaria as a top location and leading force in the industrial production of hydrogen technology.”