9. HamburgHamburg

The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, one of the 16 states of the federation, is the second largest city in Germany with its 1.7 million inhabitants. In this sense, it is a city as well as a state. Economically and culturally, Hamburg is also the center of Northern Germany. 3.5 million people live in the 755 square kilometers large metropolitan region of Hamburg – for them, Hamburg is a shopping and cultural metropolis.

With 30 square meters of living space per person, Hamburg has the biggest average living space of all major cities in the world. As much as 14% of the city area is made up of green spaces and recreational areas.

Hamburg has 2,302 bridges – more than Venice and Amsterdam combined. With over 90 consulates, Hamburg is second only to New York City.

As a trade center, Hamburg has always been outward-looking, that has shaped the mentality of Hamburg’s inhabitants.

Hydrogen, fuel cells and electro-mobility activities

Supporting the establishment of the hydrogen business in the region as well as in the use of fuel cells in the products and services offered by local companies are amongst the essential tasks of hySOLUTIONS. Since 2010, the company has also assumed the role of the regional project control office for the program of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure for the Model Regions of Electro-mobility.

In fulfillment of its coordination and implementation role, hySOLUTIONS acts as the effective mediator bringing together the selected cooperation partners and ensuring that their projects receive the necessary support at a political level. Aside from that, the procurement of funding grants from the national or European programs is a focus of the work.

Securing a reliable, economic and environmentally friendly energy supply is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. The federal government has decided to enter the age of renewable energy and to abandon the use of nuclear energy in the not-so-distant future. Hamburg is taking an active role in this energy policy.

However, for other business sectors that are also important to the city – such as aviation or maritime commerce – it is important to establish efficient and climate-friendly technologies in due time in order to be able to keep up with international competition and to secure jobs.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technology offer the best prerequisites to meet these requirements. In this way, hydrogen generated from excess wind flow by means of electrolysis can contribute to this through the large-scale storage of wind power not affected by seasonal fluctuations. The use of fuel cells allows for a very efficient and local energy supply that is emission-free and serves as a replacement for previously used – and rightly criticized – environmentally harmful systems, in particular those that provide power to auxiliary components in ships and aircraft.

As it is the case in all large cities, the growing amount of traffic is also a problem in Hamburg. In light of this, Hamburg is implementing an ambitious program for rapid construction of electro-mobility. Along with an increasing number of electric vehicles and charging stations, this also includes the timely conversion to innovative charging systems for rapid charging of electric vehicles. For fuel cell cars, there are currently four hydrogen fuel stations for public use and one other is planned. With HOCHBAHN, fuel cell-powered hybrid buses have been in use since 2003. Currently, the transportation company is also testing other electric engines for use in buses.

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