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 2021. Germany is playing a key role in the expanding production of renewable energy and in transmitting it. Since autumn 2010 the industry network Renewable Energy Hamburg has been offering interested stakeholders the ideal platform for networking and information as the central regional industry network. The core elements of cluster activities are in offshore and onshore wind energy, together with solar energy, renewable heat, sector coupling and storage. In a strategic process 2021 the cluster agency and its members establised new guidelines for the operative work until 2026.
Renewable Energy Hamburg was founded by the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and the Registered Association for the Promotion of the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster. Both have interests of 51 and 49 per cent respectively in the Renewable Energy Hamburg Cluster Agency. Together with his team, Managing Director Jan Rispens coordinates the cluster’s activities and represents it externally. Renewable Energy Hamburg includes some 220 companies in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg from the sectors of finance, research, production, project development and legal consultancy.
Using various information channels such as newsletter, 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. For international partners and requests, it serves as the first access point to the renewable energy industry in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg. Furthermore, Renewable Energy Hamburg provides its members and interested guests a broad range of webseminars on current energy topics alongside regular network meetings, conferences and trade fair representations.
Since February 2021 the Cluster Renewable Energy Hamburg encompasses also the field of a green hydrogen economy. In cooperation with other public actors like the Hamburg Ministry of Economics and Innovation and Hamburg Invest Renewable Energy Hamburg is establishing a hydrogen network in the Metropolitan Region of Hamburg. Also, depending on the specific project, it strongly works together with other cluster organisations such as Hamburg Aviation, Logistik Initiative Hamburg and Maritimes Cluster Norddeutschland as far as the project development agency Hysolutions.
Since the European Union announced the European Green Deal, climate protection is on top of the agenda across Europe. Joint projects and cooperation with other regions in Germany, Europe and the world are further important focal points in the work of Renewable Energy Hamburg. The EU-Interreg Project Northern Connections, which ended in 2020, is an example of this.