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"X-Energy“: HAW Hamburg Among the Top 20 of the BMBF's FH Impuls programme

With "X-Energy", the HAW Hamburg aims to create the leading innovation centre of the Hamburg metro region for the energy transition of Northern Germany

Together with an independent jury, Federal Research Minister Johanna Wanka has selected from 80 applications the 20 finalists of the FH Impuls project of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Innovation Centre for Energy Transition

With its project “X Energy”, the Competence Center for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CC4E) of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (HAW Hamburg) was selected as finalist. “X-Energy” is targeted at making the HAW Hamburg’s leading innovation centre for the energy turnaround in the Hamburg Metropolitan Region- Thematically, X Energy focuses on wind energy, system integration and storage.

Energy and Sustainability in Focus

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Thomas Netzel, Vice President for Research and Transfer at HAW Hamburg and “X-Energy” project manager: “The success of the HAW Hamburg is an example of the high quality of research at our university and its transfer potential. This is, for instance, exemplified by CC4E and the research focus on energy and sustainability. I thank all those who contributed to the application with their commitment and their skills – a good foundation for the full proposal that we are going to jointly push ahead with “X-Energy”.

Catalyst of the Energy Transition

Prof. Dr. Werner Beba, project “X-Energy” manager and head of CC4E: “With X-Energy, we want to introduce innovation for the successful implementation of the energy transition in a long-term partnership with companies and society. Therefore, technological, market-oriented and social tasks and fields of activity are in the foreground. We want to sustainably strengthen the prospects of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region as an innovative driver of the energy transition.”

100 Million Euro of Funds

FH pulse is aimed at research-intensive universities of applied sciences that wish to expand an existing research focus with high transfer and implementation potential, and thus to raise the uni’s research profile sustainably. For “FH Impuls”, the BMBF provides funds of around 100 million euro for up to eight years.

Now, the 20 finalists will have to submit a detailed plan for their proposed research partnership with industry until the end of May 2016. In summer, the BMBF will announce up the up to ten concepts based on the recommendation of the jury.

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