Model Region with Distributed Hydrogen Technologies

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 - End of 2022

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

Project partners:
The initial partners within the first project stage were Kumatec Hydrogen GmbH & Co. KG and SolarInput e.V. Besides these two partners there are a number of supporting partners from industry, academia and public authorities that form part of the H2-Well alliance. This alliance is currently being shaped with a range of research and development projects.

People involved in the project:
Bauhaus-Universität Weimar: Prof. Dr. Mark Jentsch, Dipl. UWT Sebastian Büttner, Nicole Meyer M.Sc.

Project website:
→ www.h2well.de

Project Outline

The goal of the project H2-Well that 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 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 took place in 2018 a detailed strategy for a hydrogen economy was devised, linking all energy-relevant sectors, i.e. the areas electricity generation, transportation and thermal energy provision together, looking at creating local value-added chains as shown in Figure 1. For the development of this strategy, stakeholders from industry, academia, municipalities and the wider public were brought together and involved in the development process.

Fig. 1 - Basic value added chain of a regional green hydrogen economy and its impact on society on a social, economic and scholarly level.

In the first phase of the project, an overarching innovation strategy was developed, identifying nine research areas for further consideration in the years 2019 to 2024. In addition to acquiring partners for the network, this phase dealt with assessing the technical and scientific potentials and the market and business environment as well as identifying relevant stakeholders, all of which highlighted that the region has a great potential for wider implementation of distributed hydrogen systems. Therefore, the upcoming research and development projects will be complemented by measures for maintaining skilled workers in the region as well as public relations activities regarding hydrogen technologies.

Following the development of the aforementioned innovation strategy, which delivers the roadmap for the future, novel distributed hydrogen solutions will be implemented in the region from the end of 2019 onwards in a second project phase. In order to maximise visibility and to feed back the results to the public, implementation shall be undertaken at two dedicated focal points in the region, i.e. in the cities of Sonneberg and Apolda as highlighted in Figure 2. To date over 40 partners based at the locations shown in Figure 2 are involved in the H2-Well alliance.

Fig. 2 - Map of the region Main‐Elbe highlighting the concept of bringing together stakeholders at two focal points in the region.