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Open Grid Europe

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Open Grid Europe

OGE is one of Europe’s leading gas transmission system operators. With a pipeline network spanning approximately 12,000 kilometres, they transport gas throughout Germany. Their geographic location makes them the central link for gas flows across the European single market. 2,000 OGE employees ensure the security of supply. They make their network available to all market participants in a transparent and non-discriminatory way in line with market needs. OGE enables energy supply. Today and in the energy mix of the future.

The market ramp-up of the hydrogen economy in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany and Europe needs to be accelerated. Therefore, it is vitally necessary to establish a hydrogen ecosystem that covers the entire value chain by using innovative solutions from partners and start-ups. H2UB is the ideal platform for this. The aim is to provide a strong impetus for the developing hydrogen economy and pushing forward the market ramp-up to achieve the climate protection goals.

Jörg Bergmann

Chairman of the Board of Management
Open Grid Europe

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RAG-Stiftung

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RAG-Stiftung

RAG-Stiftung is a private foundation that was established in 2007. At the beginning of 2019, RAG-Stiftung took over the responsibility for financing the perpetual obligations of the German hard coal mining industry in the Ruhr and Saar regions and in Ibbenbüren. In addition, RAG-Stiftung supports numerous projects in the areas of education, science and culture in order to promote progress in the former mining regions.

Essen in the Ruhr region serves as an ideal and central location for H2UB. As RAG-Stiftung, we expect our involvement to provide us with additional access to innovation and the opportunity to identify potential future investments

Bernd Tönjes

Chairman of the Board of Executives
RAG-Stiftung

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TÜV SÜD

Founded in 1866 as a steam boiler inspection association, TÜV SÜD Group has evolved into a global enterprise. More than 26,000 employees work at over 1000 locations in about 50 countries to continually improve technology, systems and expertise. They contribute significantly to making technical innovations such as Industry 4.0, autonomous driving, renewable energy and hydrogen technologies safe and reliable.

To successfully build a hydrogen economy in Germany and Europe, we need a vibrant culture of inventors, discoverers and developers. With H2UB, we offer a professional interface and the best possible support for young companies, SMEs and research institutions across all hydrogen areas. As TÜV SÜD, we support the H2UB with our extensive know-how and decades of experience with hydrogen technologies in order to make technical innovations safe, reliable and marketable and thus establish the necessary trust into innovative developments.

Reiner Block

CEO Division Industry Service
TÜV SÜD

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Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt / German Aerospace Center

DLR is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. They conduct research and development activities in the fields of aeronautics, space, energy, transport, security and digitalisation. The German Space Agency at DLR plans and implements the national space programme on behalf of the federal government. Two DLR project management agencies oversee funding programmes and support knowledge transfer. Climate, mobility and technology are changing globally. DLR uses the expertise of more than 55 research institutes and facilities to develop solutions to these challenges. More than 10,000 employees (as of February 2021) share a mission – to explore Earth and space and develop technologies for a sustainable future. In doing so, DLR contributes to strengthening Germany’s position as a prime location for research and industry.

To establish a green hydrogen economy, many questions still need to be answered. That is why it is important for players from science and industry to cooperate closely. In this way, they can jointly develop marketable technologies and new business concepts. H2UB is a hub for research, start-ups and companies concerning hydrogen technologies and applications. Start-ups also have an entrepreneurial spirit and use scientific findings for their solutions in the hydrogen economy. DLR contributes to this with its research expertise along the entire value chain: from the production of hydrogen to its use. In this way, H2UB helps us to bring innovative solutions for a sustainable future into application.

Prof. Dr. Karsten Lemmer

Executive Board Member for Innovation, Transfer and Research Infrastructure
DLR

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Advanced Partners

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ESSEN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY

As economic development agency of the city of Essen, EWG promotes entrepreneurial commitment and offers a central contact and service platform for the economy. A dedicated team coordinates the H2 market ramp-up in Essen, supports the implementation of H2-projects and connects suitable partners. EWG accompanies business through all stages of settlement and integrates new settled companies into the broad network of the energy capital.

Together with H2UB, we want to connect companies from the energy capital Essen with international start-ups in an even more targeted manner, uncover synergies and jointly drive the H2 market ramp-up with innovative technical solutions and business models.

Andre Boschem

Managing Director
Essener Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH

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RWE Generation SE

Within the RWE Group, RWE Generation SE is responsible for electricity generation using gas, hard coal, hydrogen, hydropower and biomass. Our approximately 3,000 employees operate power plants in Germany, the UK, the Netherlands and Turkey. With our flexible, efficient power plant portfolio, we are building the bridge to the age of renewable energies. With its gas fleet, RWE Generation ranks second in Europe – an excellent starting position, as gas is becoming increasingly important as a bridge to the renewable age. RWE Generation is also represented in many core markets with hydropower. Our hydrogen business plays an important role here, as hydrogen is seen as the energy source of the future. In the Netherlands in particular, we are focussing on biomass – and are converting two hard coal-fired power plants to use this CO2-neutral energy source. By converting power plants and successfully developing storage technologies, RWE Generation is making a decisive contribution to the ambitious goal of RWE as a whole: to be climate-neutral by 2040.

The European hydrogen market is just picking up speed. In this phase, it needs the size of experienced players as well as the innovative spirit and agility of start-ups. Our company produces, stores, and distributes hydrogen. Start-ups help to quickly make hydrogen applications more efficient and cost-effective. That's why RWE is supporting the H2UB in networking start-ups with players in the hydrogen world.

Dr. Sopna Sury

COO Hydrogen
RWE Generation SE

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Westenergie

Westenergie AG, with its headquarters in Essen, is the biggest energy and infrastructure provider in Germany and the largest subsidiary company of E.ON SE. The Westenergie Group’s distribution system operators cover a 37,000 km long gas network. The electricity grid managed by the group covers a network around 196,000 km long — enough to lap the world five times over. With the provided infrastructure, the Westenergie Group ensures an energy supply to millions of households in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate und Lower Saxony — not only with electricity and gas, but also with water and broadband internet. With approximately 10,000 employees and around 1,400 municipal partnerships, the company makes a significant contribution to shaping a climate-neutral western region in Germany.

Hydrogen will be an essential energy source for a climate-neutral economy in Europe, Germany and especially in industrially strong regions like ours in North Rhine-Westphalia. That is why I am pleased that Essen, as the energy capital of Europe, now also locates a platform to accelerate the development of climateneutral hydrogen – the H2UB. As Westenergie, we are proud to be a founding partner. Together we will drive the development of the hydrogen economy in the Ruhr region and across regional and national borders.

Katherina Reiche

Chairwoman of the Executive Board
Westenergie AG

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Pro Partners

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CGI Germany

Founded in 1976, CGI is one of the largest providers of IT and business process services in the world. Today, they have 91.000 employees at 400 locations in 40 countries. CGI offers holistic, scalable and sustainable services for 21 industries – globally supported and locally implemented. Their portfolio includes top-level IT and business consulting, systems integration, managed IT, business process services and intellectual property.

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Digital Campus Zollverein

Digital Campus Zollverein e.V. is a network platform for companies and institutions as well as forward-looking initiatives in the Metropole Ruhr. As an innovation driver, they strengthen digital and innovative competitiveness and promote cooperation and active exchange between companies, institutions, universities and startups. Digital Campus Zollverein sees itself as a digital real laboratory with supraregional appeal.

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DILO

Whether in a power station, substation or power plant: high voltages and currents must be safely handled and distributed so that electricity can be safely fed into the grid. This is done in so-called ‘gas-insulated switchgears’, where special, industrially produced gases or gas mixtures ensure that the systems run smoothly and thus guarantee reliable power distribution. This is where DILO comes in: With its products and services, it enables operators of systems in which quenching and insulating gases must be handled safely not only to monitor and analyse them reliably, but also to extract, process or separate them emission-free and return them safely.

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Uniper Hydrogen

Düsseldorf-based Uniper is an international energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. The company and its roughly 7,000 employees make an important contribution to supply security in Europe, particularly in its core markets of Germany, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and the Netherlands. Uniper’s operations encompass power generation in Europe, global energy trading, and a broad gas portfolio. Uniper procures gas-including liquefied natural gas (LNG)-and other energy sources on global markets. The company owns and operates gas storage facilities with a total capacity of more than 7 billion cubic meters.

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Basic Partners

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Drägerwerk

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Friedrich Vorwerk

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MSA

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P3

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Institutional Members

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Deutscher Verein des Gas- und Wasserfaches

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Deutscher Wasserstoff-Verband

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Hydrogen Europe

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Hydrogen Metropole Ruhr

Hydrogen Metropole Ruhr (HyMR) serves as the central coordination office for hydrogen initiatives in the Ruhr region. Established in 2022 by Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH and the Ruhr Regional Association, our mission is to position the Ruhr metropolis as a leading model region for hydrogen in Germany and thereby become the nucleus of the H2 market ramp-up. We foster collaboration among stakeholders from business, science, politics, and civil society to drive joint projects and advance climate neutrality.

The cooperation with the H2UB as a strategic partner emphasizes the vision of the Hydrogen Metropole Ruhr to establish the Ruhr region as a hydrogen model region. We are combining our regional strengths with the dynamic energy of the European hydrogen start-up network.

Jörg Kemna

CEO | Management Board
Business Metropole Ruhr GmbH

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Zukunft Gas

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