CC4E now permanent fixture of HAW Hamburg
The year 2021 saw the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) become a permanent scientific institution at HAW Hamburg based on steady growth and in accordance with the Hamburg Higher Education Act. Around 100 employees at CC4E work on sustainable solutions for effective climate and environmental protection making the centre one of northern Germany’s key scientific institutions for the energy transition.
Important signal for Hamburg as a centre of science
"Thanks to the CC4E's diverse research projects and its close ties to business and politics, HAW Hamburg has gained a significantly higher profile and reputation in the field of climate protection, also vis-à-vis other universities," said Micha Teuscher, President of HAW Hamburg. The status as a scientific institution will accentuate CC4E's importance within and beyond HAW Hamburg even moreso in future and sends an important signal for Hamburg as a centre of science, he noted. The core competencies of CC4E are in wind energy, sector coupling, heat, energy storage, digitalization, system integration and social acceptance. Its milestones include opening the Energy Campus in Bergedorf and commissioning the Curslack wind farm.
CC4E co-ordinates energy transition projects
Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, termed the measure a "consolidation of CC4E's work", adding, "As an important impetus, the Competence Center integrates stakeholders from science, business, politics and society together and strengthens the transfer of knowledge on the path towards the energy transition." The Energy Campus Technology Center opened in Hamburg-Bergedorf in 2015, followed by the commissioning of the Curslack wind farm in 2017. The close partnership with companies, universities and scientific institutions and the resulting competencies enable the CC4E to coordinate complex collaborative projects for the energy transition.
Those projects included the "North German Energy Transition 4.0" (NEW 4.0) from 2016 to 2020 funded by the German Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi). This will now give rise to the North German Reallabor, a network of 50 partners in which sector coupling especially with hydrogen, will be tested on an industrial scale to drive forward the energy transition in the north.