Recognition in Germany for GenComm project ahead of Partner Meeting

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The Belfast Met led EU hydrogen project GenComm has been praised for helping an area of Germany become a hydrogen model region. Speaking ahead of her appearance at the 22ndGenComm Partner Meeting being held this time in Saarland, Germany, Ms Elena Yorgova Ramanauskas, State Secretary Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digital and Energy in Saarland said: “For quite some time now, hydrogen has been considered an environmentally friendly and almost “infinitely” available future energy carrier. We, in the Federal State of Saarland are also tackling this issue. Saarland wants to become a hydrogen model region. We are pursuing this progress in all possible directions.

The pioneering project GenComm is also an important pillar on our way to becoming a hydrogen model region. Since 2017, it has had the goal of advancing hydrogen technology, and that is exactly what it is doing. I am particularly pleased that, with the help of (GenComm Partner) IZES gGmbH, many projects have already been initiated and put into practice. We now have a large portfolio of active projects in Saarland – such as the cross-border project mosaHYc, HydroHub Fenne or the Hyland projects HyExpert “Hydrogen Model Region Saarland” and HyStarter “Municipality Perl”.

IZES gGmbH are holding this latest GenComm Partner Meeting of the EU project on December 15 and 16, 2022. Among the other speakers on day 2 of the Partner Meeting are Michael Reinstadtler, Robert Bosch GmbH who will be addressing the ‘Connected eH2 Cycle:Industrial Sector Coupling’ and Prof, Dr Rolf Hempelmann who will give an overview of the location, ‘Alte Schmelz from the historical ironworks via the present industrial monument to the future ‘CIPSA Innovation Campus’.

A number of the GenComm Partners will give a presentation on the GenComm ‘Enabling Support Tool’ which will allow for the decarbonising of European bus fleets with green hydrogen along certain routes. On day one of the 2 days event GenComm partners will be taken on a tour of a Green Steel Processing plant. There will also be an update of public transport and how an EST would benefit the process in Luxembourg by Branca Delmonte,  Doctoral researcher, Faculty of Science, Technology and Medicine from GenComm Partner, University of Luxembourg. Dr. Bodo Groß from GenComm Partner IZES gGmbH will give an update on public transport in districts in the Saarland region.

Looking forward to this December Partner Meeting GenComm Programme Manager, Paul McCormack said: Green Hydrogen is a vital piece in the European Net Zero 2050 jigsaw. It is a key pillar of the global energy decarbonised system of the future. The GenComm micro hubs of wind to hydrogen in Northern Ireland, bio to hydrogen in Scotland and solar to hydrogen in Germany have been essential parts of stimulating the strong hydrogen demand growth. The hydrogen hubs have also created blueprints for energy secure communities.