The challenges: Energy transition and structural change
A climate-friendly energy supply is one of the great challenges of our time. Resources must be conserved and the potential of renewable energies must be used effectively. A successful energy transition requires a combination of security of supply, affordability and environmental compatibility with innovative and intelligent climate protection, as well as effective interlinking and optimization of the energy sectors of electricity, heat and transport. Synergies can be efficiently exploited through this sector coupling. This requires viable alternative options to the fossil fuels currently still in use. This is where hydrogen technology offers an excellent opportunity.
These objectives are accompanied by equally challenging change processes. Lusatia, Germany's second-largest lignite mining region, where some 24,000 jobs depend on this fossil fuel, is facing far-reaching structural change. The task is to develop this tradition-rich energy region into an attractive and livable innovation region with new prospects.
On July 15, 2019, the Free State of Saxony, Siemens AG and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft signed a declaration of intent to strengthen the region in the long term and support structural change in Lusatia. The Innovation Campus Görlitz is being created for this purpose. The aim of this future pact is to attract further technology and industrial companies, start-ups and research institutes. The focus is on digitalization, automation, energy technology and innovative materials and manufacturing technologies.