North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to become a hydrogen model region with €860m funding

North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, to become a hydrogen model region with €860m funding

A new cluster has been established in the Rheinische Revier of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, that will support the hydrogen economy by providing a model region.

Being founded by Forschungszentrum Jülich and named the Helmholtz Cluster (HHC-H2), €860m ($1.02bn) has been invested in the project that will see hydrogen implemented into the entire industrial area of North Rhine-Westphalia over the course of 17 years.

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 HC-H2 will primarily research, develop and demonstrate large-scale innovative technologies for the production, logistics and use of green hydrogen.

In doing this, it is hoped that the region will become an attractive location for innovative energy companies, industrial settlements and founders who wish to branch into zero-emission technologies and hydrogen.

The focus of the research is expected to be on technologies that use existing or inexpensive infrastructures that help to both store and transport hydrogen with this seen as a way to rapidly implement the clean fuel on a large scale.

This includes utilising hydrogen in the existing natural gas network and liquid or easily liquefiable hydrogen carriers such as ammonia.

A hydrogen innovation centre will additionally be established in the region in which Forschungszentrum Jülich will contribute its broad hydrogen expertise and network with partners.

Prof. Wolfgang Marquardt, CEO of Forschungszentrum Jülich, said, “Forschungszentrum Jülich is committed to a successful structural change in the Rheinische Revier. We have set ourselves the goal of promoting pioneering concepts for an innovative and sustainable hydrogen economy.

“The Helmholtz Cluster for Sustainable and Infrastructure-Compatible Hydrogen Economy will form a central nucleus for this with its focus on hydrogen logistics using chemical hydrogen carriers.

“Together with a network of cooperation partners, a wide variety of technology-neutral value chains will be covered in the future, from hydrogen production to cross-sectoral hydrogen use.

“By closely linking research and demonstration projects, we want to accelerate the transfer of research into practice.”

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