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Lower Saxony with special project in the competition to select a location for a hydrogen technology and innovation centre of the BMVI

Stade, Hamburg and Bremerhaven will receive funding as a special project in the competition to select the location of a hydrogen technology and innovation centre for mobility applications, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) announced today. This centre is to become part of the network of the planned German Centre for Future Mobility. The BMVI is now commissioning feasibility studies for the four selected projects, on the basis of which the location(s) will be selected by September at the latest. The project with Lower Saxony's participation is not in competition with the other three finalists, but offers the option of a second centre with a focus on aviation and shipping.

"The applications from Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Stade were so interesting that we will support them with a joint study focusing on aviation and shipping," said Federal Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer. The application of the Hanseatic City of Stade is supported by more than 20 companies, institutions and research facilities.

In total, the BMVI plans to provide funding of up to 1.6 billion euros for the development of hydrogen technologies. Other winners are the regions of Duisburg (North Rhine-Westphalia), Chemnitz (Saxony) and Pfeffenhausen (Bavaria). The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure intends to submit offers to all 15 applicants for funding under HyLand or the National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology Innovation Programme (NIP). Among them is a joint project of research institutes and companies from southern and south-eastern Lower Saxony.

Click here for the official announcement of the BMVi.

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