What role can hydrogen play in climate protection, the supply of heat, the storage of electricity and, above all, mobility? And under what conditions is it possible to use hydrogen in the four-gate city of Neubrandenburg and the surrounding region? These and other questions have been addressed by experts from a wide range of fields over the past twelve months.

In the presence of Mayor Silvio Witt and Stephan Kunkel from the Economic Development Department of the Mecklenburg Lake District as well as Holger Beyer from the Neubrandenburg Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the results of the final report 2023 of the HyStarter programme were presented to more than 70 participants last Tuesday, 6 June, at the Neubrandenburg freight depot.

Over the course of a year, perspectives on the use of hydrogen and fuel cell technology were analysed and discussed. In six strategy dialogues and two public events, possible fields of application and necessary infrastructure developments were debated and implementation concepts for the four-gate city and the district of Mecklenburgische Seenplatte were developed.

“The result is a common Vision 2030 to make our region H2-ready,” explained Dr Christian Wolff, Climate Protection Manager of the four-gate city of Neubrandenburg. More than 50 stakeholders were involved in the joint Hydrogen Vision 2030, including the municipal utilities of Neubrandenburg, Neustrelitz and Waren as well as Neuwoges, Neuwoba, Webasto, Weber and many more.

Promising results

The comprehensive final report attests the four-gate city of Neubrandenburg and the surrounding region excellent conditions for the production of renewable energies and sees great potential for the development of a hydrogen economy in the city and district. In the long term, the region could even develop into a hydrogen export region – for this, however, the infrastructure would first need to be developed.

In an open discussion group of regional stakeholders and companies, fields of action were defined and initial projects were initiated. All participants see potential, for example, in the construction of hydrogen filling stations, in waste logistics and in the supply of energy to buildings. The development of business locations with the integration of hydrogen was also discussed. The availability of land and renewable energies is one of the region’s major advantages as a location, which is also taken into account in the policies for attracting industry and commerce to the region.

The HyStarter category is the first stage of the HyLand competition of the Federal Ministry for Digital  and Transport. It is coordinated by NOW GmbH and implemented by Project Management Jülich (PtJ). The report and further information can be found (in German) at www.neubrandenburg.de/HyStarter. More information about HyLand can be found at www.hy.land/en.

Photo: Front row from left to right: Sascha Steiner, Holger Beyer, Silvio Witt, Stephan Kunkel, Gunnar Wobig, Claudia Ellgoth, Peter Modemann, second row from left to right: Michael Graß, Dr. Christian Wolff

Image credit: Vier-Tore-Stadt Neubrandenburg

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