The “HyStarter for the Wismar Region” hydrogen network, which was initiated by the Wismar public utility company Stadtwerke Wismar, presented its results report with the developed project concepts and scenarios on 18 April 2023 during an information event in the town hall of the Hanseatic city of Wismar.
Managing Director Andreas Grzesko symbolically handed over the final report to Mayor Beyer together with the hydrogen concept for the HyStarter Region Wismar, which is included in the report. The projects which were presented are concrete possibilities for the application of hydrogen in the region, which can thereby make a contribution towards the energy transition and increasing independence from energy imports.
Around 50 invited guests from companies, associations, politics and public administration were given the opportunity to learn about the project approaches developed for the use of hydrogen in the region along with a scenario calculation for the region in the Bürgerschaftssaal on Tuesday evening. The HyStarter project, which was technically supported with funds from the Federal Ministry of Transport, was established at the beginning of 2022 and since then has been developing the presented results in several sessions.
In their welcoming addresses, Mayor Thomas Beyer and the Managing Director of the Stadtwerke Wismar, Andreas Grzesko, emphasised the importance of hydrogen for the region and regional value creation. In addition, both speakers also highlighted the contribution that hydrogen makes towards greater independence from energy imports. Mayor Beyer symbolically accepted the first copy of the final report from Andreas Grzesko on behalf of the region.
Having already presented the first interim results of the project in the summer of 2022, the final report and its findings could now be presented. During the final presentation, hydrogen projects in Germany that are currently being implemented and operated were presented first in order to provide an outlook on the next steps that are now pending in the region.
Two projects developed by the HyStarter network and presented in more detail during the evening gave a realistic impression of how, where and for what hydrogen can be used in the region. The projects presented showed the range of possible uses of hydrogen. Other fields of application in the region are also described in the final report.
The network received technical support from Berlin-based Spilett New Technologies GmbH, who developed a scenario calculator to support and validate the ideas. The calculations presented during the evening were received positively by the guests. It showed that an economically self-sustaining hydrogen economy can be established with the respective approaches and that a high economic added value and high CO2 savings can be achieved for the region.
The final report (in German) can be downloaded at: www.hy.land/hystarter-ii-region-wismar
Background information on the HyStarter programme:
“HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany” (“HyLand – Wasserstoffregionen in Deutschland”) is a competition launched in 2019 by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) with the categories “HyStarter”, “HyExperts” and “HyPerfomer”. In the second round of the competition, Stadtwerke Wismar entered the competition for the Hanseatic City of Wismar region and emerged as one of 15 winners in the “HyStarter” category. Winners receive professional, technical and organisational support for one year in the establishment of a network and the development of a regional hydrogen concept. The aim is to advise and accompany the region in such a way that a “landscape of stakeholders” is formed from politics, municipal businesses, industry, commerce, science and society. The programme is coordinated by NOW GmbH in Berlin, which specialises in alternative mobility concepts, and implemented by Project Management Jülich. More about the programme can be found at www.hy.land.
Source: Original article by Stadtwerke Wismar