12.10.2021 | Press release

The Route to Climate Neutrality with Hydrogen for Bavaria’s Chemical Triangle

Regional Study
Trans4In – Energy Transformation in Bavaria's Chemical Triangle

In the research project “Trans4In – Energy Transformation in Bavaria’s Chemical Triangle”, companies and infrastructure operators in the Chemical Triangle of Bavaria are developing a roadmap for achieving climate neutrality together with the Forschungsgesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft (FfE). The study, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF – German: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung) as part of the TransHyDe flagship project, is the starting signal for a broadly targeted industrial transformation in the region.

In the Chemical Triangle around Burghausen, industrial companies, infrastructure operators and research institutes have joined forces to design a path toward climate neutrality for the region. Trans4In provides both the initial scientific basis for the regional transformation and a platform for direct exchange among regional players. The aim here is to ensure the timely transfer of scientific findings into practice and to learn from practical experience in the process.

“Ambitious climate protection targets have been set. Now we need to implement precisely those measures that will keep our industrial sites competitive in the future,” says Serafin von Roon, managing director of the FfE. “In our study, we want to bring together company-specific perspectives from industry, find synergies, and identify solutions with infrastructure operators. Science and practice are thus approaching this challenge together.”

The starting point for the study is the development of energy requirements and the concrete climate protection plans of the individual companies for the coming decade. Building on the individual plans, a regional overall picture is developed, which is completed by supplementary measures. The resulting transformation paths will then be discussed with the stakeholders involved. The research project is not only pursuing scientific goals, as Tobias Hübner, project manager of the Trans4In study, specifies: “In the industrial transformation toward more climate protection, it is important to bring the stakeholders from business, politics, and the region to the same table. That’s why the regional study does not take a purely theoretical approach, but rather a strongly practice-oriented one.” The aim is also to further strengthen the “we feeling” in the region and to get the relevant players from business, politics and society on board.

Project partners of the Trans4In study are the industrial companies Tyczka GmbH and Wacker Chemie AG, as well as the infrastructure operators bayernets GmbH and Bayernwerk AG. These partners contribute their technical and regional expertise to the project and thus make a significant contribution to the success of the study. Results and concrete options for action will be published at the end of 2022.

Trans4In is part of the BMBF’s flagship project TransHyDE (see www.wasserstoff-leitprojekte.de), one of three BMBF flagship projects launched to implement the National Hydrogen Strategy. TransHyDE aims to identify obstacles and develop solutions for hydrogen transport.

About the Forschungsgesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft (FfE)

The Forschungsgesellschaft für Energiewirtschaft mbH was founded in February 2001 as a 100 % subsidiary of the FfE e.V.. Due to the close cooperation with
the FfE e.V., the FfE GmbH can offer expert opinions and consulting services at the highest scientific level. It develops its analyses and solutions on the basis of scientific methodology and current research results. The service spectrum of the FfE GmbH ranges from detailed energy consulting to the preparation of demand forecasts and complex structural analyses.