The official launch of the HyStarter process, initiated by the City of Munich, took place on 20 September 2022. Together with around 25 stakeholders from industry, science and research, as well as from the community and municipal enterprises, a hydrogen concept for Munich is being developed within the framework of six strategy dialogues.
As part of this programme, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr), the aim is to analyse new and sustainable technologies such as hydrogen and fuel cell technology and their potential for the City of Munich – and to develop a viable concept. With the establishment of an active network of stakeholders, the foundation has now been laid for this.
“I am delighted that this programme gives us the chance to build a roadmap for a local hydrogen economy. Hydrogen is, after all, able to make an important contribution to the energy transition, as it can be produced renewably and can also be stored,” says Christine Kugler, Climate and Environmental Protection Advisor.
A joint survey of the status quo with regard to hydrogen and fuel cell technology and the associated decarbonisation potential in Munich will now be conducted in order to promote possible synergy effects and knowledge transfer. The aim is to identify concrete production and transport paths as well as areas of application for hydrogen in the region and to develop a strategic vision until 2030 with specific projects and measures.
With EE Energy Engineers GmbH as an external project consultant, the City of Munich and its stakeholders have a strong team at their side. By working closely together, this team will concretise the existing project ideas and develop them to such an extent that practical implementation is possible.
The public will remain regularly informed about the results of the project through an information event and a final presentation.
Background to the HyStarter programme:
“HyLand – Hydrogen Regions in Germany” is a competition launched in 2019 by the Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport (BMDV – Bundesministerium für Digitales und Verkehr) divided into the categories “HyStarter”, “HyExperts” and “HyPerfomer”. In the second round of the competition, the City of Munich entered the competition and emerged as one of 15 winners in the “HyStarter” category. Winners receive professional, technical and organisational support for one year in forming a network and developing a regional hydrogen concept. The aim is to advise and support 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 and implemented by Project Management Jülich.