The first result of the competition for the location of the Technology and Innovation Centre (Technologie- und Innovationszentrum (ITZ)) is in. As a first step, three regions are receiving a feasibility study on implementation. This study forms the basis for the final choice of location for the construction of the centre.
The ITZ will focus on the hydrogen and fuel cell value chain in the field of mobility. The centre will offer in particular small and medium-sized companies and start-ups the necessary development environment to position themselves on the international market. The centre will be part of the network of the German Centre for Future Mobility (Deutsche Zentrum Mobilität der Zukunft)
Project selection of the site competition
1. Hydrogen and Mobility Innovation Center (HIC) in Chemnitz:
The HIC pools the expertise of 25 partners (industry, research, politics, associations and education) to advance creating added value based on fuel cells for vehicle applications. But not only will the Chemnitz economic region take centre-stage here. SMEs, automotive suppliers and industrial companies from the whole of Germany have the opportunity to test their innovations, to certify and to develop new standards for the global market at HIC.
Further information can be found here: www.hzwo.eu/projekte/hic
2. Hydrogen Technology User Centre (Technologie-Anwenderzentrum Wasserstoff (WTAZ)) in Pfeffenhausen:
In planning the WTAZ, the HyPerformer region HyBayern is committed to accelerating the technology transfer from research to industry and offers companies continuous support, from applied research, development, testing and certification right up to standardisation. One application focus is liquid hydrogen, which is so far unique in Germany.
Further information can be found here: www.hynergy.de/hynergy-fuehrt-bayerisches-wtaz-konsortium-fuer-die-bewerbung-um-ein-technologie-und-innovationszentrum-wasserstoff-in-markt-pfeffenhausen-an
3. Technology and Innovation Centre for Hydrogen Technologies (Technologie- und Innovationszentrums Wasserstofftechnologien (TIW)) in Duisburg:
The TIW covers the entire spectrum of innovation development, knowledge transfer, testing and assessing fuel cell-based drive systems for road, rail, water and air transport as well as education and training, particularly for start-ups and SMEs. It accompanies product developments from idea to application by satellite at the consortium partners. Its international harmonisation and (pre)standardization work provides investment security and insurable products.
Further information can be found here: www.zbt.de/tiw
The applications from Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Stade were also successful: they will receive a joint feasibility study with a focus on aviation and shipping.