H2-Companion: Research accompanying the Green Hydrogen Model Region Baden-Württemberg

Client

Ministry for the Environment, Climate and Energy Management Baden-Württemberg

Duration November 2022 – February 2027

BACKGROUND

Baden-Württemberg focuses on hydrogen and supports the two model regions H2-GeNeSiS and Hy-FIVE. With the H2-Companion project, IREES supports both model regions in defining long-term development scenarios of sustainable business models, in balancing CO2 savings, and with effective concepts for acceptance, participation, and public relations. Further research questions deal with the transformation of entire value chains triggered by new hydrogen technologies, the associated structural change, necessary vocational training and qualification, as well as target conflicts between economic, ecological and social effects. Thus, the accompanying research will not only make a significant contribution to the success of the model regions, but will also contribute comprehensively to their networking with comparable model projects and relevant bodies and adequately represent them in the scientific and public discourse. The project is funded by the European Union and the state of Baden-Württemberg.

GOALS

Overarching research is being conducted to determine what impacts arise from the use of hydrogen technologies at the economic, environmental, and social levels. IREES is leading this project in the area of social impacts and is additionally involved in modeling, CO2 balancing and life cycle analysis.

Tasks of IREES

  • At the social level, it will be investigated which success factors are effective with regard to the acceptance of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in practice, how different actors relate to a hydrogen society and what implications this has for the transformation process.

  • Preparation of a balance of greenhouse gas emissions

  • Development of a material and energy flow model

  • Elaboration of possible goal conflicts of different environmental protection goods

Project Partner

  • Coordination: Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (IAO)

  • Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI)

  • Institute for Energy and Environmental Research Heidelberg gGmbH (ifeu)

  • Institute of Industrial Engineering and Technology Management (IAT) at the University of Stuttgart

STAFF

Nico Ulmer
Nico Ulmer
Catrice Christ
Catrice Christ
Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan
Dr. Karin Schakib-Ekbatan
Dr. Sophie Lohmann
Dr. Sophie Lohmann
Dr. Nele Friedrichsen
Dr. Nele Friedrichsen
Oliver Lösch
Oliver Lösch
Lennart Bunnenberg
Lennart Bunnenberg