H2ORIZON Breaks Ground


On July 6, 2017, the same date as the 5th Annual Hydrogen Day, the German Aerospace Center, DLR, broke ground for the H2ORIZON project. Planning took seven years (see October 2016 issue of H2-international) – now, the objective is to get the first hydrogen station in Lampoldshausen up and running before the end of 2018. A new research and demonstration plant is planned to be erected on 1.5 hectares of land to meet that target and not only outline how to proceed with sustainable hydrogen production from renewable sources, but demonstrate industrial-scale application. The investment by DLR and its project partner, ZEAG Energie, adds up to around EUR 10.5 million. Another EUR 800,000 has come from the German state of Baden-Württemberg. Stefan Schlechtriem, director of the DLR’s Space Propulsion division, explained: “In H2ORIZON, the DLR combines its research know-how of space flight and energy to find valuable answers to socially relevant issues such as eco-friendly transportation and climate-neutral energy supply.”

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