On the way to becoming Europe’s leading hydrogen location: Hamburg to present itself at Hannover Messe

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Hamburg, 11 April 2021: Following a one-year break, Hannover Messe is now back: the world's number one industrial fair is taking place digitally from Monday 12 April to Friday 16 April 2021. In keeping with the tagline “Future. Made in Hamburg”, the Hanseatic city will be presenting itself in front of an international audience as a leading hydrogen location. In addition, Hamburg will be providing a foretaste of the 2021 ITS World Congress – the international industry platform for intelligent mobility and transport networks of the future, which is scheduled to take place in Hamburg this October. Throughout the week you can find up-to-date information, background stories and events relating to hydrogen and mobility as well as gain access to livestreams with key stakeholders from Hamburg at www.hannovermesse.de/exhibitor/his-hamburg-invest-service/S560991

During the Hannover Messe, Hamburg will be presenting itself as an innovative region and major hydrogen location in the heart of Europe, with innovative solutions and projects along the entire value chain to be showcased as part of the event. And indeed, a recent OECD study has confirmed that Northern Germany is especially suited to developing a green hydrogen economy: the region boasts not only unique locational advantages for generating renewable energies, but also provides great potential for the sale of hydrogen – especially to local industrial companies. Hamburg thus plays an important role in ensuring that Germany will meet its climate protection goals and succeed in mastering the energy transition. What is more, the port of Hamburg is an ideal logistics hub for the import and distribution of green hydrogen across Germany and Europe.

Hamburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Michael Westhagemann, commented: “Decarbonising industry, developing a green hydrogen economy and promoting smart mobility are among Hamburg’s top priorities. We look forward to demonstrating this in front of an international audience and engaging with partners from industry as well as representatives of other cities and metropolitan regions. The issues caused by climate change are global issues and can only be solved together”.

“Future Hamburg Talks” to provide insights into Hamburg as a hydrogen location

As part of Hannover Messe’s conference sessions, six live-streamed talks with Hamburg experts will provide insights into the city’s comprehensive expertise in the production of green hydrogen and its application across various sectors of the economy – from aviation, port logistics and shipping to imports, industrial use and the relevant hydrogen infrastructure. The experts involved will be highlighting Hamburg’s strength with regard to hydrogen, while also identifying any aspects that may have to be adjusted in order to leverage the city’s full potential. All six livestreams will be available at www.hannovermesse.de/exhibitor/his-hamburg-invest-service/S560991

The Hamburg programme at Hannover Messe includes the following sessions:

H2 strategy at the Hamburg site
(Monday 12 April, 15.00–15.25 CET)

Hamburg offers optimal conditions for hydrogen – both as a logistics hub and as one of the largest industrial locations in Europe with a concrete demand for the use of green hydrogen. Kicking off this year’s Hannover Messe, Hamburg’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Michael Westhagemann, as well as Jan Rispens, coordinator of Hamburg’s hydrogen network and head of the Hamburg Hydrogen Cluster, will be presenting their concepts for a self-sustaining hydrogen economy in Hamburg.

Aviation: Clean aviation with hydrogen – Hamburg takes off
(Thursday 15 April, 15.30–15.55 CET)

Hamburg is one of the world’s three largest aviation locations. In order to meet the climate protection goals in this sector, Airbus and its partners are planning on switching to hydrogen as an environmentally friendly fuel for all commercial airliners by 2035. In this talk, Andre Walter, Head of Plant and Industrial Site Hamburg, Airbus Operations GmbH, and Nicole Dreyer-Langlet, Vice President Research & Technology of Airbus Operations GmbH, will be discussing the technical options and relevant framework conditions for the use of hydrogen and green hydrogen-based fuel in aviation.

Port logistics and shipping: Harbors and ships – green hydrogen for a blue horizon
(Tuesday 13 April, 15.30–15.55 CET)

Hamburg is characterised by its efficient port that is not only one of Europe’s three largest logistics hubs but also one of Europe’s largest locations for industry. This allows for short distances and excellent conditions for importing, generating and selling green hydrogen.

Moreover, hydrogen and hydrogen-based fuels are also gaining importance in the shipping sector. In this talk, Dr Georg Böttner, Head of New Business Development of HHLA, and Dr Reinhard Lüken, Chief Executive Director of the German Association of Shipbuilding and Marine Technology, will be discussing how the transformation on land and on water towards more eco-friendly fuels such as hydrogen can be accomplished step by step.

Hydrogen import – we realize what is needed for international cooperation
(Thursday 15 April, 15.00–15.25 CET)

Sourcing hydrogen from local production, such as wind energy in Northern Germany, is a top priority for Hamburg. That said, Germany’s national hydrogen strategy clearly confirms that it will not be possible to meet the expected increase in demand for green hydrogen without imports from countries with affordable production structures. In this talk, Dr Fabian Ziegler, Chairman of the Board of Shell Germany, and Jens Meier, CEO of the Hamburg Port Authority, will be discussing the requirements for scaling up local production volumes alongside hydrogen imports, while also highlighting the necessary infrastructural prerequisites for both.

Hydrogen production and industrial use: Green Energy Hub Hamburg – a hydrogen eco-system within short distance
(Wednesday 14 April, 15.00-15.25 CET)

Hamburg offers ideal prerequisites for the production of green hydrogen, e.g. at the site of the decommissioned Moorburg power plant. Some 100 MW of electrolysis were set up initially, and a further expansion of capacity is currently in the planning stages. In this talk, Dr Oliver Weinmann, Managing Director of Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH, will be representing the production side of hydrogen, while Christian Heine, Managing Director of Wärme Hamburg and Dr Uwe Braun, CEO of ArcelorMittal Germany Holding GmbH, will be providing insights into demand. Together, they are going to identify the necessary conditions for creating a self-sustaining hydrogen market in Hamburg.

Infrastructure: Green hydrogen – a new perspective for the gas grid
(Tuesday 13 April, 15.00–15.25 CET)

A secure and sustained demand for hydrogen is an important prerequisite for a functioning market. The importance of a reliable, efficient infrastructure, however, tends to be underestimated. In this talk, Michael Dammann, authorised representative of Gasnetz Hamburg, will be providing insights into how the gas network in the port of Hamburg will be converted to ensure hydrogen readiness, while Bert Kiewiet, Manager Hydrogen Germany of Gasunie, will be explaining how, in the future, the local network could be linked up withthe wider European gas grid.

Hamburg's digital trade fair presentation is jointly organised by Hamburg Invest and Hamburg Marketing. Dr Rolf Strittmatter, Managing Director of both enterprises, explained: “The Corona pandemic poses major challenges for the economy and for exchange between science and business. This year’s Hannover Messe comes in a digital format that aims to connect some of the brightest minds of tomorrow’s key industries. In these digital talks, we will be highlighting how Hamburg is successfully shaping its future”.

The talks will be held in English and will be moderated by Heinrich Klingenberg, Hamburg Invest’s hydrogen expert.

ITS Hamburg: Transport 4.0 – Hamburg on the way to becoming a model city for mobility

On Monday 12 April from 12.00 to 12.25 CET, this digital session is aimed at providing a foretaste of the ITS World Congress, which is scheduled to take place in Hamburg from 11 to 15 October 2021. ITS is the main international industry platform for all topics relating to intelligent mobility and connected transport solutions of the future. As host to the ITS, Hamburg is currently on its way to becoming a leading test bed in the field, demonstrating what innovative mobility systems and services may look like in the future. As part of this digital format, will be giving an overview of the more than 90 innovative mobility and logistics projects that are currently in full swing in Hamburg.



How to join Hamburg’s livestreams

Media representatives can go to https://www.hannovermesse.de/en/press/accreditation/index-3 for swift access to the digital Hannover Messe, the conference sessions and thus to Hamburg’s livestreams and talks.
All streams will be available beyond the duration of the digital trade fair.


Background information:

Hamburg – Europe’s green hydrogen hub

At Hannover Messe, Hamburg is presenting itself as a powerful green hydrogen centre in the heart of Europe, while showcasing cutting-edge solutions along the entire value chain. As a production location for renewable energies, Northern Germany offers unique advantages as well as large potential regarding the sale of green hydrogen – especially to local industrial companies. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region thus plays a key role in ensuring that Germany will meet its climate protection goals and successfully master the energy transition. There are several factors contributing to this, including e.g. the highest generation capacities for onshore and offshore wind power, subterranean structures for storing hydrogen as well as seaports equipped with logistics and import terminals for green hydrogen and synthetic energy carriers. What is more, Northern Germany is home to many experienced maritime companies and research organisations with relevant expertise in the field of new energy carriers. With its high consumer demand, the industry sector adds to the value chain and contributes to Northern Germany’s role as an ideal European location with clear future prospects. To learn more, please visit https://marketing.hamburg.de/wasserstoff.html


HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition

HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition is the leading knowledge and networking platform for stakeholders from industry, energy and logistics. The event comprises an expo, conference sessions and networking formats. Under the core theme of “Industrial Transformation”, pioneering minds will present their ideas and technologies for the factories, energy systems and supply chains of the future. Topics include digital platforms, industry 4.0, IT security, CO2-neutral production, AI, lightweight construction, and logistics 4.0. HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition runs from 12 to 16 April 2021, with Indonesia as this year’s partner country.


Hamburg Invest

Hamburg Invest is the one-stop agency for relocation and investment in Hamburg as well as the main partner of Hamburg’s business sector on all topics relating to business development. As well as offering a wide range of services for small and medium-sized enterprises in particular, Hamburg Invest is in charge of marketing the city’s commercial and industrial spaces. In addition, Hamburg Invest serves as the main port of call for technology- and knowledge-based startup businesses. (www.hamburg-invest.de, LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/hamburginvest)


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