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September 13, 2022
press release

Handover of funding for National Fuel Cell Production Action Plan - H2GO

On September 13, Federal Minister of Transport Dr.  Volker Wissing handed over to the President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer a funding decision for the project "H2GO - National Fuel Cell Production Action Plan".

The approximately 80 million euros will enable the start of the hydrogen age in freight mobility.

The H2GO project combines the activities of 19 Fraunhofer institutes that are already working at full speed to create the conditions for efficient large-scale production of fuel cells that can convert hydrogen into electricity on board a vehicle. The overall coordination of the research network with a total of five sub-groups lies with Fraunhofer IWU.

The funding period extends until the end of 2025, and the German Federal Ministry of Digital Affairs and Transport is funding H2GO from the resources of the Automotive Industry Future Fund in accordance with the recommendations of the expert committee. The funding is coordinated by NOW GmbH, and Project Management Jülich (PtJ) is responsible for implementation.

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January 18, 2022
press release

Saxony's H2 strategy: Fraunhofer institutes act as catalysts

Saxony's cabinet published the Saxon Hydrogen Strategy on 18.01.2022. Green hydrogen is to contribute to the defossilization of the energy system in Saxony as early as 2030. Establishing a hydrogen economy with Saxon value chains that are as closed as possible - that is the declared goal. This will make a major contribution to structural change and create new, highly qualified jobs. Saxony has set itself the goal of becoming a technology leader and thus a center of attraction for investments and settlements. A strong position in the field of research is an important prerequisite for this.

Institutions such as the Hydrogen Lab Görlitz (HLG) are already working with industrial players to further develop systems and components in the field of hydrogen technologies, improve large-scale hydrogen production plants and optimize materials and processes for the highest possible energy yield.

January 13, 2022
Press release

Bundled hydrogen know-how: Fraunhofer IWES takes over hydrogen activities of Fraunhofer IMWS

Fraunhofer IWES has taken over a large part of the hydrogen activities of Fraunhofer IMWS at the beginning of 2022. This will enable the activities of the three Fraunhofer Hydrogen Labs in Görlitz, Leuna and Bremerhaven to be significantly strengthened and hydrogen expertise to be pooled. The Hydrogen Lab Görlitz (HLG) will thus be operated jointly by the Fraunhofer Institutes IWU and IWES in the future.

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June 17,  2021
press release

Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz "Standard for successful structural change throughout Germany".

Lusatia has the necessary know-how to create innovations and jobs in the hydrogen economy. The Saxon state government and the German federal government are convinced of this. They are therefore jointly funding the newly emerging Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz (HLG) with over 42 million euros. With the HLG, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is establishing an internationally unique research platform. From the end of 2022, novel technologies for the production, storage and use of hydrogen can be developed and tested in Görlitz along the entire hydrogen value chain. This will strengthen the region in its structural transformation, as it will allow companies to settle or develop further in order to benefit from the future market of hydrogen through technology leadership. The HLG will be located at the Siemens Energy Innovation Campus, where Saxony's Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer and Germany's Economics Minister Peter Altmaier today visited the future construction site of the hydrogen test laboratory together with other guests.

April 06, 2021
press release

Unique research platform: Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab Görlitz becomes pioneer for the hydrogen economy

The development of future-proof and sustainable hydrogen technologies is crucial to the success of the energy transition. This is because hydrogen makes mobility, industry or heat generation CO2-neutral - and it enables the energy cycles of these sectors to be connected. The Fraunhofer Hydrogen Lab at the Innovation Campus Görlitz (HLG) will provide a unique research infrastructure for this purpose in the future and combines the competencies of the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools and Forming Technology IWU and the Fraunhofer Institute for Microstructure of Materials and Systems IMWS. Today, the HLG received the funding notification.