Siemens has revealed €30m ($33.7m) plans to develop a German town into a “competence centre” for hydrogen technologies.
As part of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed yesterday with the Free State of Saxony and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Siemens will establish an innovation campus and startup accelerator at the site of its plant in Görlitz.
The plans also call for the creation of a hydrogen research laboratory to study the production, storage and use of hydrogen.
“Görlitz is thus to be developed into a competence center for hydrogen technologies over the long term,” Siemens explained in a press release.
“In this way, we’re creating an ecosystem for what will be one of the most attractive future-oriented fields over the long term when it comes to measures for combatting climate change…”
The German industrial group said the aim is to encourage other technology and industrial companies as well as startups and research institutes to establish operations in this region.
The focus of activity will be on digitisation, automation, energy technology and innovative material and production technologies.
The partners intend to provide a total of around €30m ($33.7m) to expand activities at the location.
“With this pact for the future, we’re fulfilling our promise to play an active role in shaping structural change in Lusatia,” said Joe Kaeser, President and CEO of Siemens.
“That’s why – in addition to the worldwide headquarters for industrial steam turbines – we want to build an innovation campus here at our Görlitz location.”
“On this campus, products and solutions based on hydrogen technology are to be developed in cooperation with partners and startups.”
“In this way, we’re creating an ecosystem for what will be one of the most attractive future-oriented fields over the long term when it comes to measures for combatting climate change – and thus also when it comes to ensuring Germany’s competitiveness in industries of the future.”
In addition to the innovation campus, Siemens will further expand its research and development activities at the Görlitz site in the area of decarbonised industrial processes.
There, Siemens researchers will be exploring how hydrogen technologies can reduce CO2 emissions in energy-intensive industries and will be developing new climate-friendly solutions such as storage technologies.