In a visionary move, the city of Nuremberg in Germany is setting its sights on becoming a pivotal hub for green hydrogen technology.
Commissioned by the city’s department of economic affairs and science, the study titled “Hydrogen in the Nuremberg metropolitan region – analysis of competencies, opportunities, and challenges” is poised to guide regional stakeholders toward strategic actions in the burgeoning field of green hydrogen.
The study recognizes the vital role hydrogen, especially green hydrogen produced from renewable electrical energy, will play in shaping the future energy supply. With numerous advantages over direct electricity use, green hydrogen is positioned to replace fossil fuels in various industrial processes, marking a crucial step toward a sustainable energy transition.
As part of the European Metropolitan Region of Nuremberg (EMN), the city is proactively preparing for the hydrogen economy’s emergence, aligning itself with both sustainability and economic objectives. The study, a collaborative effort involving the Energie Campus Nürnberg, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), and Nuremberg Tech, focuses exclusively on green hydrogen, aiming to uncover the region’s potential, value chains, business models, and its comparative standing among other metropolitan regions.
Dr. Sebastian Kolb, leading the Energy Systems and Energy Economics research group at FAU, emphasizes EMN’s unique position as a potential technology exporter in the hydrogen domain. The region, rich with small- and medium-sized enterprises, is already actively engaged in the hydrogen economy, contributing diverse skills that align with hydrogen-oriented industrial research and pure science. The opportunity lies not only in local production or consumption but in exporting key hydrogen technologies to a global market.