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Hamburg's First Mayor Inaugurates New Energy Campus

HAW Hamburg's competence centre for renewable energies and energy efficiency (CC4E) inaugurates its research facility on wind energy and smart grids as on-site energy campus.

Today, Tuesday 3 February 2015, the new technology centre “Energy Campus Hamburg” has been inaugurated in Hamburg’s eastern district of Bergedorf. Following the official opening by Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz and Hamburg’s Minister of Economy, Transport, and Innovation, Frank Horch, the campus will be presented to 200 guests from business, politics, science, and the press. Also participating at the official opening ceremony was Hamburg’s Vice Mayor and Minister of Science and Research, Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, the head of the district administration of Hamburg-Bergedorf, Arne Dornquast, the President of HAW Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Otten, and the head of the Competence Center for Renewable Energies and Energy Efiziency (CC4E) at HAW Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Werner Beba. The booming wind industry was represented by Dr. Jürgen Zeschky, CEO NORDEX.

Silicon Valley of Renewables

The inauguration of the Energy Campus marks the start of Hamburg’s new “Silicon Valley” of renewable energies that will promote and support innovation and start-ups in the booming sector. Focal fields of research and training by the CC4E’s technology centre at HAW Hamburg University of Applied Sciences will be wind energy, net integration, and storage in order to develop sustainable solutions for the global energy transition. The centre’s own wind farm will play an important part in research.

Renewables As Catalyst of Innovation And Employment

In his inauguration address, Hamburg’s First Mayor Olaf Scholz bsaid: “Renewable energy are quintessential to a safe, environmentally sound, and economically prosperous future. They help to protect our climate and allow companies from many sectors to develop new business. They trigger innovation and create jobs. Hamburg is a leading centre of the renewable energy sector. The CC4E will strengthen and expand this position and further increase the attractiveness of Hamburg as a location of science and green energies.”

More Than 25,000 Jobs In Renewable Energy Sector

“Research and innovation are essential for this very dynamic sector to remain competitive internationally. Innovations lead to marketable products that drive the growth of the company and push ahead the successful implementation of renewable energies in Germany, and consequently the export of these technologies” said the President of the HAW Hamburg, Prof. Dr. Jacqueline Otten. So far, the renewable energy sector has created more than 25,000 jobs in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. It is a major job engine.

Impending Skills Shortage

However, a distinct lack of specialists in the field of wind energy is about to be felt. HAW’s technology centre in Hamburg-Bergedorf will thus equally serve as research facility and campus of academic education and training with the aim to create and secure jobs here in Hamburg. President Otten said: “At the Energy Campus, our students and teachers get the unique opportunity for applied research and practical learning in high-tech laboratories and at our wind farm. For this fantastic opportunity, I would like to thank all participants and especially the Bergedorf locals. I look forward to working with you.”

Energy Transition Is A Task oOf The Century

Prof. Dr. Werner Beba, head of CC4E, stated: “The energy transition, and thus the development of sustainable energy systems is a task of the century. We need bright, motivated people and technological innovations with great marketability. The energy-campus provides an excellent platform for this. And also to communicate the complex topic to the general public and to create acceptance.” The central fields of research by CC4E will be pursued in a laboratory wind and a smart grid laboratory. In future also an integral part of the research project, which aims to develop solutions for the challenges of the energy transition, will be a wind farm.

Ongoing Optimisation Of Wind Energy

In the wind laboratory, scientists will be working on technologies that will improve the durability, efficiency, and performance of power generation from wind turbines. Test facilities for individual components are designed to increase system reliability and enhance the forecasts of possible failures. In addition, optimised operation concepts are to be developed, and turbulences to be reduced. Further research fields are the reduction of noise pollution and the development of technologies to improve the protection of birds and bats.

Efficient And Intelligent Solutions

In the smart grid lab, efficient and intelligent solutions of energy production, consumption, and storage are being developed and tested. By the “Demand Side Management and Integration”, improved adaptation to the fluctuating power generation from renewable energy sources will be investigated. In future, solutions for control technologies to relieve the national grid will also be high in demand. The technology centre Energy Campus is funded by the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg with about 3.8 million euro. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) covers approximately 3.5 million euro of the project cost.

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