Entitled NEW 4.0, a project initiative has been formed in the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein to achieve a sustainable energy supply and strengthen the sustainability of the region by a major transnational project. Its 50 partners from science, politics, and industry from the “Innovation Alliance for the Century Project of the Energy Transition” are being supported by the governments of the two German states.
“NEW“ is the acronym of the Northern German energy transition. “4.0” describes the threshold of the fourth industrial revolution, i.e. the digitisation of the industry, which is playing an increasingly important role also in the energy transition due to the intelligent networking of systems. Key target of the innovation alliance is to better synchronise the production potential of renewable energy source, which is estimated at 15,000 to 20,000 megawatts (MW) for Schleswig-Holstein’s coastal region and the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. For this purpose, production and consumption are to be coordinated by means of modern technologies and advanced market rules.
Managed By Five Leaders
The Innovation Alliance will be headed by five experts from industry and science, i.e. Prof. Dr. Werner Beba from the HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Matthias Boxberger,CEO HanseWerk AG, Dr. Martin Grundmann, managing director ARGE Netz, Dr. Oliver Weinmann, managing director Vattenfall Europe Innovation GmbH as well as Michael Westhagemann, president of the industry association Hamburg and CEO Siemens Nord.
With a 40 per cent share of renewables in its energy mix, Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein have already reached the targets set for Germany for 2025. By launching a large test, the Innovation Alliance now wants to promote the unique chances offered by the energy transition and show how the necessary transformation of Germany’s energy system will be able to succeed. Thus, NEW 4.0 will prove by 2035 that the entire region, its 4.5 million inhabitants, and its industry will be able to be fully supplied by energy from renewable sources.
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