The Road to a Hydrogen Future

Wind turbines and photovoltaic systems, such as those installed here next to Brainergy Park in the town of Jülich, are among the technologies that will enable a future with hydrogen. Photo: Forschungszentrum Jülich/Jansen

“Hydrogen is an essential part of the future of our company. We have an innovative idea, but need support in finding the best way forward.” If your company is based in the Rhenish mining area and this statement more or less reflects your stance on hydrogen, then you’ve come to the right place. Take the first step: write down your first concept on no more than three pages and submit your idea to us. You can also contact us to arrange a consultation.

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Project developers at the Helmholtz Cluster for a Sustainable and Infrastructure-Compatible Hydrogen Economy (HC-H2) can advise you and review your concept. They assess whether your project is sufficiently innovative that it can be supported with funding from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). There is an informal call for funding from the BMBF for this purpose.

Focus on climate change and structural change

If the project can make an innovative contribution to reducing global warming while also having the potential to bring about new economic power in the Rhenish mining area, then our cluster – the core of which is formed by Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Institute for a Sustainable Hydrogen Economy – can help you and your project to take the next steps towards a hydrogen future.

In your three-page concept, the demonstration project should be clearly presented from a technological perspective. It should also clearly outline the innovative nature of the project and the way in which new economic power can be generated in the Rhenish mining area. Alongside climate change, structural change in the Rhenish mining area is the second important factor influencing the work of HC-H2.

The cluster aims to develop into a demonstration region in which innovative hydrogen technologies are demonstrated, the development, operation, and export of which will create new jobs. With the goal being to export these technologies to other regions of the word, hydrogen technology is having a growing influence in the fight against climate change.