Enabling knowledge transfer from German “living labs” to better inform the energy transition of sectoral coupling and hydrogen.

  • Project Duration: 04/2021 - 03/2026

Germany will require a considerable volume of renewable hydrogen to unlock the climate-neutral transition of no-regret applications. Under current planning scenarios, a portion of this hydrogen is planned to be produced in Germany. To enable the successful rollout of the local hydrogen value chains, companies will test new hydrogen technologies on an industrial scale within a real environment in so-called “living labs”.

The "Trans4Real" project conducts supporting research in order to make the knowledge gained from the living labs as broadly usable as possible. Complementary environment analyses enable the living labs to place their own work in a larger context and provide lessons learned to assist value chain development. These analyses encompass a range of real world considerations, including technology, commercial markets, the energy system, and social and political environments.

Agora Energiewende observes and analyses energy policy, economic and social developments at a national and international level. In this context, Agora conducts a population survey, analyses the system boundaries of hydrogen cost calculation, and examines options for the import of hydrogen.

Project partners include the Forschungsstelle für Energiewirtschaft e.V. (FfE; project management), Dechema Gesellschaft für Chemische Technik und Biotechnologie e. V., the hydrogen and fuel cell center ZBT GmbH, Stiftung Umweltenergierecht, Ruhr Universität Bochum and TU München - Hochschule für Politik.

The Trans4Real project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK) (funding code: 03EIV116).

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