HyInnoSys – Innovationsbegleitende Maßnahmen zur Marktvorbereitung, Vernetzung und zum Technologie- und Wissenstransfer

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Project duration: 10/2021 – 09/2024

Funded by: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Funding code: 03ZU1115KA

Project partners:

  • Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement (TIME)
  • Lehrstuhl für Technik und Gesellschaft (SoTec)
  • Lehrstuhl für Energiesystemökonomik (FCN-ESE)
  • Institut für techno-ökonomische Systemanalyse (IEK-3)
  • Lehrstuhl für Verbrennungskraftmaschinen (VKA)

Associated partners:

  • Kreisverwaltung Düren
  • Aachener Gesellschaft für Innovation und Technologietransfer (AGIT) mbH

Hydrogen as an energy carrier will play a decisive role in the future, CO2-neutral energy economy. In the context of ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and the further expansion of renewable energies, questions about storage options for large amounts of energy and the use of alternative fuels are increasingly gaining importance. Electrolysers can be used to convert renewable electrical energy into hydrogen, a chemical energy carrier. This can then be used as a storage medium, distributed through the gas grid and ultimately used in regions and at times when the generation of renewable energy is not possible to a sufficient extent. In addition to direct reconversion to electricity, the use of hydrogen in the heating sector and in the transport sector is conceivable. It will also play an increasingly important role in production processes in the chemical and steel industries.

The "Zukunftscluster Wasserstoff" strives for a hydrogen-based energy economy in which Germany takes the role of technology leader. "Hydrogen technologies made in Germany" is to stand for outstanding, innovative cutting-edge technologies worldwide. Existing research results in the field of hydrogen technologies as well as existing networking to relevant actors from the fields of science, economy and society will be used as a basis for innovation and new value chains. Through joint research and development activities in an expert network, hydrogen technologies with disruptive innovation potential will be transferred to high levels of technology maturity and ultimately into people's everyday lives.

In addition to the targeted development of technology, technological change always requires parallel activities in the areas of business, society and (economic) institutions, which provide the framework conditions for change and have a market-preparatory effect. For this reason, the HyInnoSys project is concerned with measures accompanying innovation, which are intended to additionally enhance the impact of the "Zukunftscluser" and help to convert research into added value. This will be done using modern innovation management tools such as participatory involvement of citizens and other stakeholders. Possible courses of action for politics, social actors and companies will be derived. It is the declared goal to enable the transfer of knowledge into and out of the region as well as across cluster borders into other funding projects and to enable the transfer of technology into industry and between sectors. In practice, the establishment, management and further development of such complex innovation alliances as a hydrogen future cluster are to be regarded as extremely challenging from the perspective of program and project management. Among other things, it is necessary to:

  • Identify and specify value creation potentials,
  • to explore factors and conditions for the regional development of an innovation ecosystem,
  • synthesize the results from a technical point of view at the level of hydrogen technologies
  • to carry out a cross-thematic synthesis in order to generate knowledge that can be generalized,
  • to ensure the transfer of knowledge to the technical public,
  • to identify possible needs for the further development of the future cluster in order to achieve the objectives of the funding initiative,
  • to compare the results with the international state of research,
  • to identify growth areas for the German economy in order to develop economic forecasts as well as images of the future,
  • and ultimately to develop learning potentials for the future implementation phases of the Hydrogen Future Cluster.