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Faculty of Civil Engineering
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar


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H2-Well - Creating a Model Region with Distributed Hydrogen Technologies
Project Details
Project title:
H2-Well - Hydrogen Source and Value Added Region Main-Elbe-LINK (Wasserstoffquell- und Wertschöpfungsregion Main-Elbe-LINK)

Funding body:
Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)

Project duration:
01.04.2018 - 31.10.2018

Principal investigator of the project:
Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch

Project partners:
Kumatec Hydrogen GmbH & Co. KG, SolarInput e.V. (Besides these project partners there are a range of supporting partners from industry, academia and public authorities that will form part of the H2-Well alliance to be developed withing the project.)

People involved in the project:
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch, Nicloe Meyer M.Sc.

Project Outline
The main goal of the project H2-Well which is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the programme WIR! - Transformation through Regional Innovation (WIR! - Wandel durch Innovation in der Region) is to forge an alliance to instigate an innovation-based structural change towards a distributed green hydrogen economy in the region between the rivers Main and Elbe. Within the concept phase that is taking place in 2018 detailed strategies for a hydrogen economy will be devised, linking all energy-relevant sectors, i.e. the areas electricity, transportation and heat, together, looking at the generation of local value-added chains as shown in Figure 1. For the development of this strategy stakeholders from industry, academia, municipalities and the wider public will be brought together and involved in the process.

The project partners Bauhaus-Universität Weimar, SolarInput e.V. and Kumatec GmbH are working closely together in order to devise an overarching innovation strategy. In addition to acquiring partners for the network, this work includes systematic scenario analyses of the technical and scientific potentials as well as an analysis of the market and business environment and the relevant stakeholders. This is complemented by the development of strategies for maintaining skilled workers in the region and public relations activities.

Following the concept phase implementation of novel distributed hydrogen solutions including accompanying research and development shall take place in a second project phase from 2019 onwards. In order to maximise visibility and to feed back the results to the general public, implementation shall be undertaken at two dedicated focal points in the region: Sonneberg and Apolda as highlighted in Figure 2.

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H2-Well value added chain
Fig. 1 - Basic value added chain of a regional green hydrogen economy and its impact on society on a social, economic and scholarly level.
H2-Well region map
Fig. 2 - Map of the region Main‐Elbe highlighting the concept of bringing together stakeholders at two focal points in the region.