Around 200 participants were NRW Economic Secretary Dr. Jens Baganz today (November 20) at the 8th Annual Meeting of the competence network Fuel Cell and Hydrogen NRW EnergyAgency.NRW of the starting gun for the “hydrogen HyWay NRW.” This new project under the umbrella of the state government climate change strategy includes a variety of individual projects for the development and demonstration of fuel cell and hydrogen technology. These include increased vehicle fleets, inpatient facilities and many special applications. About 50 million euros to the country wants in the next few years with funds from the national budget and the European Regional Development Fund is available.
The first project was HyWay today at the annual meeting presented: In this North Rhine-Westphalian – Dutch joint project involves the development of a bus line with fuel cell propulsion. The 18 m long articulated buses will be around after a year of development the trial operation in the area of Cologne and Amsterdam record. At both locations will have two vehicles used. From North Rhine-Westphalia participate in the company Vossloh Kiepe GmbH in Dusseldorf and the Hoppecke Batteries GmbH & Co. KG from Grayson. They are supported by the University of Cologne and Aachen University. “I am delighted that we have this highly innovative project together with our friends from the Netherlands to bring forward,” said Dr. Baganz.
“In the fuel cell technology takes Nordrhein-Westfalen has been a long time a top place,” said Dr. Baganz. “Especially in this area is clear that North Rhine-Westphalia as innovative energy and economic metropolis pioneer designers and the future is.”
An important milestone on the HyWay is the 18th Weltwasserstoffenergiekonfererenz WHEC, in May 2010 in Essen will take place. Dr. Baganz: “The many successes already achieved in the field of fuel cell and hydrogen technology in North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany, we want within the framework of the 18th World Hydrogen Energy Conference in Essen present. “You can not just guests at the conference, but also the visitors of the European Capital of Culture eating these forward-looking technology in North Rhine-Westphalia experience.
The focus of the annual meeting stood alongside international projects including the activities of the competence network Fuel Cell and Hydrogen EnergyAgency.NRW of North Rhine-Westphalia and its approximately 350 members. “The network is one of the largest technology platforms of its kind in Europe. We maintain close cooperation with our partners in Germany and Europe and will continue as a competent partner in the programs of the federal government and the EU Commission involved, “said network director Dr Andreas Ziolek. North Rhine-Westphalia does not least because of the high commitment of the competence network Fuel Cell and Hydrogen NRW its position in this field of technology can further expand.
The North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Economic Affairs, together with the science ministry so far over 80 projects with a total grant of 82 million euros for a total of more than 133 million euros.
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This post was written by admin on November 21, 2008