Discover Germany, Issue 94, June 2022

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Hamburg‘s HafenCity.

HAMBURG: ONE OF EUROPE’S LEADING HYDROGEN REGIONS Hydrogen is touted as the future fuel of the EU, and the green hydrogen industry hopes to deliver carbon-neutral energy that will power airplanes, domestic heating and much more. In Germany’s second-largest city of Hamburg, research into hydrogen is in full swing as the region hopes to set up a fully-operating hydrogen industry by 2035. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF, MEDIASERVER HAMBURG I

Green hydrogen is an environmentally-friendly energy carrier that could replace oil and gas in the future. Those successful in this field can benefit in the long term – when it comes to the decarbonisation of the economy, competitiveness and structural change, but also with regard to climate protection. In Northern Germany, the aim is to create a green hydrogen economy by 2035. 20 |

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WHAT MAKES NORTHERN GERMANY SUITABLE? Northern Germany is home to a high density of excellent research and science facilities. At present, within a radius of about 200 kilometres, scientists are active at two dozen universities and universities of applied sciences, over 20 Fraunhofer Institutes, Helmholtz centres, energy research networks, and the

DLR (German Aerospace Center). Several hundred companies are already involved in the North German hydrogen strategy: global players such as Siemens, Shell, Total, ArcelorMittal, Aurubis, Alstom, Continental, Salzgitter AG, Linde, VW, Bosch, MAN and EWE, for example, as well as innovative start-ups and specialists such as GP Joule, HYPION or APEX Energy. All these factors contribute to turning Northern Germany into a highly qualified region perfectly suited to develop a dynamic hydrogen economy while at the same time contributing to the achievement of climate protection goals. “We in Northern Germany have been working intensively to build the hydrogen econ-

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