Cooperation between the City and Development Association
Numerous Activities and Platforms for Stakeholders
Within just eighteen months, the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster has established itself as the key regional sector network for the Hamburg city region. The cluster was founded in January 2011 by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and association for the development of the Renewable Energy Cluster in Hamburg. Both hold 51 and 49 percent ownership respectively of the Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH company. The managing director is Jan Rispens, who together with his team coordinates activities and represents the cluster externally. In this way, specialist knowledge from the industry can be optimally pooled through networking by the development association with a current membership of over 190 companies and institutions and through the operative work by the agency.
Cross-regional and international Networking
The cluster itself networks with other regions in Germany, Europe and the world. For this reason, it has become a member, among others, of the International Cleantech Network (ICN), a global association of clusters for green technologies. According to EEHH managing director Jan Rispens, “we have joined the ICN in order to conduct intensive discussions with other international networks, to act as a partner in a network of strong technology regions, and to enlarge our international scope.”
Internationally, the cluster also networks in other ways, for example by travelling as delegates with economics senator Frank Horch to South Korea, Japan and China, or by receiving delegations from other countries in Hamburg, as it did recently with visitors from Denmark, Estonia and Japan. The cluster has also driven forward its European networking by organising the first Dutch-German offshore wind seminar, which it organised in cooperation with the Cleantech Holland cluster. The cluster agency represents the network at trade fairs such as the EWEA Conference.