Germany – The University of Bremen’s large-scale hyBit hydrogen research project has secured over 30 million euros in financing.
The project’s ultimate goal is to provide a blueprint for the planning of a green, hydrogen-based, sustainable economy in Bremen’s industrial port, thereby establishing a new connection between the heating, power, and transportation markets.
The project’s primary launching point in the industrial port of Bremen is the Arcelor Mittal steelworks. The steel industry is pioneering the transition from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas to cleaner alternatives like hydrogen through cutting-edge scientific study and technological development.
The project’s end product, a digital clone of Bremen’s industrial port, serves as an example of the technical and sociological considerations that should be made when designing large-scale hydrogen hubs. To maintain a continuous, high rate of transformation at Bremen’s industrial port, despite fluctuations in external factors, the digital twin is utilized for local monitoring.
Switching from coal and natural gas to “green hydrogen” necessitates major changes to many established routines and practices.
Focus on BEST
University of Bremen’s BEST – Bremen Research Center for Energy Systems (opening spring 2022) will serve as the project’s primary transfer focus. Here is where teachers from different departments collaborate cross-disciplinary to compile the transfer outcomes. BEST is home to 19 different working groups representing the disciplines of Physics/Electrical Engineering, Mathematics/Computer Science, Production Engineering (Mechanical Engineering and Process Engineering), Law, Economics, Social Sciences, and Cultural Studies.
The Energy Science domain, where BEST resides, is a new area of research and transfer emphasis for the state of Bremen’s Wissenschaftsplan 2025. The institutions are receiving funding from the state to get started.
There are 19 organizations from academia and business that are part of the hyBit project consortium. Key players in Bremen’s industry, including Arcelor Mittal Bremen, swb, and BLG, are among the project’s partners, along with the Wuppertal Institute, the Bremer Institut Produktion und Logistik GmbH at the University of Bremen, Fraunhofer IFAM (Bremen), Fraunhofer ICT (Karlsruhe), and the University of Applied Sciences Bremen.