Hydrogen will play a central role in the energy mix of the future. By being generated from renewable sources, such as wind power or photovoltaics, which use electrolysis, it will reduce CO2 emissions in many different sectors. Hydrogen can be used to power fuel cells in vehicles or ships, as a replacement for coal in steel plants or as the basic raw material for industrial processes. It can also be used to store the excess electricity generated on sunny or windy days.
The North of Germany is a region particularly well suited to hydrogen production. This region already leads the way in renewable technologies, is close to the wind farms in the North Sea, has storage capacity in its underground caverns and also has a well-established industrial infrastructure that can make direct use of this climate-neutral gas. As a pioneer in the field of renewable energy, with a wealth of science-based companies and research facilities, the state of Bremen is a focal point in the green revolution in the use of hydrogen.
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Northern Germany will be the region that pioneers the use of green hydrogen and becomes a driving force for the energy revolution. To ensure this vision becomes a reality, the North German coastal states have signed a common hydrogen strategy.
Having a well-established, fully networked infrastructure is a central element of this strategy: by 2025, at least 500 megawatts of power will be used to generate green hydrogen by means of electrolysis. By 2030, this will rise by a factor of 10, to at least five gigawatts. In 2035, green hydrogen should be available to almost every consumer.
Establishing a value creation chain for green hydrogen requires investment and capable partners in industry and research. This is why the economic development arms of Germany's five Northern Federal States, which includes the WFB, have signed up to the common Initiative HY-5 initiative. Their aim is to support existing companies, think tanks, research institutes and start-ups in North Germany, attract them to the region and help them all grow.
Bremen offers a wide range of support measures for established companies and start-ups in the renewable energy sector. The "green" Lunedelta industrial estate in Bremerhaven has sites that have exclusively been designed to suit sustainable business models. Funding programmes such as those provided by the BAB – the development bank for Bremen and Bremerhaven – help in the development of new technologies or environmentally friendly investments. They are put to use in industrial networks such as the WAB wind energy innovation cluster, the H2BX hydrogen initiative or the many other companies involved in the renewable energy sector.
Always at your side: Bremeninvest helps companies at every stage, from initial consultations through to the point at which keys are handed over, providing sound advice and introductions to other businesses in Bremen's scientific and research sector. If you're starting your own business, the WFB is also your first point of contact for a wealth of practical support and advice.