The State Competence Center for Hydrogen Research (HY.SH) will begin operations in October, under the authority of the Schleswig-Holstein Society for Energy and Climate Protection GmbH. (EKSH).
“Schleswig-Holstein is sending another strong signal as the leading energy transition country in Europe,” stated Grundei, State Secretary for Science and Culture.
The HY.SH brings together the specialized knowledge and expertise of the state’s universities and research organizations. Its goal is to assist the state’s research institutions in procuring projects and locating project partners, among other things. Prof. Berger, Scientific Director of the Institute for the Transformation of the Energy System at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences in Heide / Holstein, will lead the new HY.SH competence center.
The Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Climate Protection Schleswig-Holstein (EEK.SH), which includes EKSH, universities, and the state’s energy research organization, collaborated with the necessary ministries to establish the concept for the new HY.SH competence center. The new competence center’s objectives include:
To assist the state’s research institutions in acquiring projects, finding project partners, and obtaining money, as well as to make national and international networks and the information they contain more accessible,
All critical specialist decisions and positions on hydrogen and the energy transition in the state are made quickly and reliably, and the state’s and scientific community’s interests are protected in the relevant specialist committees and organizations.
and to develop an integrated environmental, economic, educational, and scientific strategy, as well as collaborative energy transition strategies and actions.
“We feel that together we have created a highly sustainable and lasting model,” says Sievers, EKSH’s managing director. “We look forward to the new duties in terms of the energy transition and climate protection.”
Two scientific jobs will be filled at the EKSH as a first step toward fast establishing the HY.SH competence center. At the same time, the EKSH is establishing a new “H2 Fund” via which scientists can further specialize in hydrogen-related themes. The state will contribute a total of about 1 million euros to the hydrogen plan from its budget. SH will be in development till 2023.