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H2PURe – Hydrogen Planning for the Ulm/Neu-Ulm Region

City of Ulm

Aim: Establishment of the hydrogen region Ulm/Neu-Ulm

Duration: 06/21 to 12/22

Project description

Meeting climate protection targets requires far-reaching structural change processes in all sectors. Green hydrogen will play an important role in this respect. For a region like Ulm, which traditionally combines strong commercial vehicle manufacturing with renowned hydrogen research institutes and training centres, this represents both an opportunity and an obligation.

The Ulm region, with the twin cities of Ulm and Neu-Ulm and the districts of Neu-Ulm and Alb-Donau, bridges the states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. It has set itself the goal of assuming a joint pioneering role in hydrogen and establishing a sustainable regional hydrogen economy. On the one hand, this is an essential building block for achieving the climate goals for the region, and on the other hand, it creates an important foundation for future economic success.

It is already foreseeable that there is a sufficiently high demand for hydrogen in the region to justify local hydrogen production (bus and truck >>200t/a, industry and research 30t/a). The “H2PURe” project, led by the city of Ulm, aims to bring together stakeholders in the region, develop joint structures and plan the next steps. The end result will be the basis on which investment decisions can be made.

The “H2PURe” project intends to plan the development of the hydrogen economy for the region until 2025 and to derive potentials based on this until 2030. The objective is to depict the situation in 2025 in three scenarios. A minimum and an optimistic scenario represent the guide rails for the development. The probable scenario will represent the most promising implementation plan. The scenarios provide a basis for the stakeholders in the region to make investment decisions. The first step is to define the underlying premises for the planning. Expected energy price developments, legal framework conditions, availability of vehicles and equipment, etc. are to be repeatedly questioned and examined during the course of the project.

Project contacts
Marius Pawlak
City of Ulm, Central Office

Manja Feurle
WBZU/HWK Ulm, Project Management