Energy transition in Germany – a success story. At around 6 per cent in the year 2000, the proportion of renewable energy used in electricity consumption had grown to more than 42 per cent in 2019. Germany is taking on a key role in expanding production of renewable energy and in transmitting it. Since autumn 2010 the industry network Renewable Energy Hamburg has offered interested stakeholders the ideal platform for networking and information in its capacity as the central regional industry network. The core elements of cluster activities since 2016 have been in offshore and onshore wind energy, together with heat, sector coupling and storage.
Renewable Energy Hamburg was founded when the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Registered Association for the Promotion of the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster created the network. Both have interests of 51 and 49 per cent respectively in Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg Clusteragentur GmbH. Together with his team, Jan Rispens coordinates the cluster’s activities and represents it externally. Renewable Energy Hamburg includes some 190 companies in the Hamburg metropolitan area from the sectors of finance, research, production, project development and legal consultancy.
Using its varied channels of website, blog and social media, Renewable Energy Hamburg offers the latest information on its own projects and developments in the renewable energy sector both nationally and internationally, so sector stakeholders can network and stay up to date. In future the industry network will be offering its members and interested guests more webinars on selected current topics alongside conferences and attending trade fairs.
In addition, Renewable Energy Hamburg monitors developments in the renewable energies sector via studies. These entail external institutions investigate topics such as increasing flexibility in the electricity market, storage solutions and requirements in terms of staff and qualifications.
One major project in which Renewable Energy Hamburg plays a significant role is ‘Norddeutsche EnergieWende 4.0 (NEW4.0)’, which has demonstrated since 2016 the increasingly important interaction between the energy focal point of Hamburg and the powerful production region of Schleswig-Holstein. Various core aspects of load management are analysed in more than 100 individual projects and provided with sustainable solutions.
Climate protection has been top of the agenda across Europe since the Green Deal was announced by the European Union. So, liaising and cooperating with other regions in Germany, Europe and the world is an important focal point in the work of Renewable Energy Hamburg. The EU Interregional Project Northern Connections, which runs till 2020, is an example of this.