Establishment of a Hamburg
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As part of their climate plan, Hamburg’s politicians have committed to making the metropolitan region a pioneer for a green hydrogen economy. The establishment of an uninterrupted value chain encompassing production, transport, distribution and purchasing will require good coordination between stakeholders. The Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency is assisting politicians with these wide-ranging priorities by promoting the establishment of a community. The Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency is using existing structures to create and develop a close-knit local network.
Networking as a basis
The Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency draws on its member network, which has grown organically since 2011, to support the hydrogen economy. This lays the foundation for establishing an overarching professional community that brings together key stakeholders from local companies as well as representatives from science and politics. The interdisciplinary topic of hydrogen, whose market ramp-up is still in its infancy, affects several of Hamburg’s key industries, as well as various businesses and institutions along the value chain. It is therefore necessary to involve a number of stakeholders beyond its own circle of members. To this end, the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency is cooperating with Hamburg’s other economic clusters and municipal companies, such as Hamburg Marketing and Hamburg Invest, as well as other local partners, while also developing new nationwide contacts.
Specialist events and exchange formats
In order to promote networking, Renewable Energy Hamburg has developed a series of new events over the past six months – including specialist and networking formats. The specialist formats give stakeholders the opportunity to learn about current (research) projects and participate in working groups dealing with specific regulatory issues. As an initial, specific outcome, the Regulatory working group has produced a position paper on the Delegated Act of the European Commission that also addresses the relevant contacts in Brussels. Networking events allow stakeholders to communicate their needs, identify common ground with other stakeholders and find project and business partners. Internal and external experts are regular guests at the newly-established Hydrogen Forum.
Developing a common strategy
Renewable Energy Hamburg members have also been able to work intensively together on the development of a new cluster strategy for the next five years since September 2021. A variety of collaborative workshops have highlighted technical aspects and established new contacts. The strategy is a continuation of the previous cluster strategy and also sets out guidelines for the successful integration of hydrogen into the overall cluster that traditionally focuses on energy production (from wind and solar power, as well as sustainable heat). As part of this strategic process, the objectives for the Cluster Agency’s work over the coming years have been agreed and initial specific actions implemented.