Dr. Peter Tschentscher, Mayor of Hamburg and Masao Uchibori, governor of the Japanese prefecture of Fukushima signed Monday (October 14, 2019) an agreement on bilateral co-operation in renewable energies. Both cities hope for a constructive partnership and wish to help companies in their regions implement projects in renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage and hydrogen technologies.
Synergy effects – both sides benefit from the agreement
The Cluster Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg aims to convert wind-generated energy into hydrogen. Hopes are now high that the co-operation with Fukushima will allow northern Germany to become a hotspot of hydrogen. Japan has vast experience in the storage and use of hydrogen. Experts in Hamburg wish to tap into their knowledge while the Japanese wish to gain knowledge in renewable energies especially wind energy. Fukushima also seeks to increase the number of regional wind farms and to produce hydrogen for fuel cell buses to be operated at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Co-operation to begin in October
Hamburg’s representatives will attend a seminar held by the Cluster Erneuerbare Energien Hamburg and Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO). Plans for a joint stand at the Energy Industrial Fair in Koriyama/Fukushima underway from October 30-31, 2019 are also being laid.