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Innovation talk - Green hydrogen

Kick-off of Danish-German hydrogen cooperation

On April 22 2021, Innovation Centre Denmark in Munich hosted the webinar The Bavarian Hydrogen Ecosystem - Opportunities for Green Solutions from Denmark. The webinar was a kick-off of a Danish-Bavarian hydrogen cooperation workshop later in 2021.
Reaching the climate targets, rapid market ramp-up of the hydrogen economy and securing long-term economic growth. These are the three goals of The Bavarian Hydrogen Strategy, which focuses on hydrogen import and technology export.

Renewable energy resources are limited here so to support a big industry here in the south, we rely on energy imports, whether it is from northern Germany or from outside of Bavaria. Today, Bavaria imports 80 percent of its primary energy demands from abroad,” said Stefan Dürr, Head of Technology & Innovation at Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B) in his introduction to the Southern German hydrogen ecosystem. 

H2.B is a state-financed strategy and coordination center for hydrogen related activities in Bavaria focusing on strategy development, demonstration projects and analysis, and public relations and networking. H2.B has initiated the Hydrogen Alliance Bavaria, a network and interest platform with more than 170 members including companies, research institutions and associations, which are all united by the aim of driving hydrogen forward in Bavaria.

One way of driving hydrogen forward is with the ‘hydrogen regions’, the so-called HyLand-initiative, which is a federal programme aiming to support hydrogen projects in communities, counties and special regions. The implementation of the program has started and they are now searching for the right technology.

“Huge opportunities” 

As Southern Germany relies heavily on hydrogen imports, especially to the industry and the mobility sector, opportunities arise for Denmark.

For example, there might be a potential for Denmark to be a hydrogen and energy provider for Bavaria.

Bavarian companies and H2.B are also looking for European funding possibilities, for example for Horizon Europe, which means that Danish players looking for partners could also look for partners in Bavaria.

For an update on the other side of the border, Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO, Hydrogen Denmark and Glenda Napier, CEO, Energy Cluster Denmark, shared their thoughts on a Danish-Bavarian/German cooperation. 

Tejs Laustsen Jensen, CEO at Hydrogen Denmark, emphasised that “there are very huge opportunities” in expanding Danish-German, but also Danish-Bavarian, cooperation with regard to hydrogen. 

Denmark has a huge wind potential and a tradition for a strong wind sector, which has helped accelerate both the hydrogen technology, but also hydrogen production and storage projects. Large scale projects are now being planned in Denmark, referring to two new energy islands in the North  Sea and in the Baltic Sea.

”Things are happening quickly in Denmark with regards to hydrogen. In Denmark, the debate is linked to expanding renewable energy production, not least offshore wind, which is for obvious reasons not possible in Bavaria,” Tejs Laustsen Jensen said.

Potential for a fruitful cooperation 

Green energy is the key driver for hydrogen development in Denmark. It enables Denmark to produce much more power and thereby energy, which can eventually be exported to Germany. In return, Germany can share its technology with Denmark.

This creates a potential for a fruitful cooperation within hydrogen production and technology between Denmark and Germany. 

Glenda Napier, CEO at Energy Cluster Denmark, also sees opportunities in a cross-border collaboration. 

”We really would like to collaborate, either on B2B matchmaking events or on Danish-German international innovation projects. We have members, who are very interested in collaborating with German partners so we are open for collaboration and also for joined applications in a European context,” Glenda Napier said.

Energy Cluster Denmark is a national energy innovation platform, which facilitates collaboration between companies and knowledge institutions, when there is a need for collaboration of new energy technology solutions - also on hydrogen. The aim is to push new technology solutions to help reach the Danish target of 70 percent reduction of CO2 by 2030.



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How can Innovation Centre Denmark help? 

The webinar was a kick-off of a Danish-Bavarian Hydrogen cooperation workshop to be hosted by the Innovation Centre Denmark later in 2021.

At the Innovation Centre, we try to bridge the gap between Danish innovation and the global market. 

“We are the boots on the ground, helping Danish companies scout the newest developments and demands abroad; mainly in Southern Germany. We prefer to work pull based just like we do now with hydrogen by looking at what is going on in Germany and how it creates opportunities for Denmark,” said Line Holm Nedergaard, advisor, ICDK. 

For more information, please reach out to our advisors to know more.

Sonali Kamble: / +49 157380893470

Line Holm Nedergaard: / +49 171 3096222