The Competence Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) is to receive EUR 6 million in funds from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). An additional EUR 1 million in third party funding will come from partners in commerce, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW) announced Wednesday (September 21st). CC4E was founded by HAW to create forward-looking solutions and concepts for renewable energies and energy efficiency. Its “X-Energy – Innovation Centre Wind Energy, System Integration and Storage” proved convincing.
Success for Hamburg Metropolitan Region
CC4E’s concept was one of 80 entries. The innovation centre in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region will have special emphasis on the energy transition and play a leading role therein, according to the X-Energy concept. Katharina Fegebank, Senator for Science, Research and Equality, said: “This success has shown that HAW is among the best universities of applied sciences in Germany. Its extraordinary expertise and millions in funds will allow HAW to make the campus for wind energy a leading innovation centre in Germany.” Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Netzel, Vice President of Research and Transfer at HAW, said: “The success is important not only for our college, but also for the entire metropolitan region.”
Start date in 2017
HAW met the requirements for the funding last December. At the time, Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister for Research, and an independent jury selected CC4E’s “X-Energy – Innovation Centre Wind Energy, System Integration and Storage” from the 20 best submissions. CC4E presented a detailed concept in May and won over both the minister and jury. The project is likely to start in early 2017 and will involve 13 individual projects as well as 23 co-operating partners and supporting companies, universities and authorities.
The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will provide the funds as part of an FH-IMPULS project. It targets research-intensive technical colleges that expand existing research with a high transfer potential. The programme gives them the opportunity to exhaust their innovation potential and to make them more competitive. It also enhances their research profile in the long-term.
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