cruh21 on Hamburg delegation trip to Oslo and Copenhagen
With participants Jimmie Langham and Dr. Oliver Weinmann, cruh21 had the great honour of representing the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg on a delegation trip and establishing new cooperation opportunities in Oslo and Copenhagen. The delegation, with around 40 participants, focused on the energy transition, especially the important role of hydrogen as a sustainable energy source. The exchange with high-ranking representatives from politics, business and innovation offered inspiring insights into current developments and opportunities.
We were able to meet renowned companies and organisations from Norway and Denmark and have intensive discussions about offshore wind energy, hydrogen infrastructure and green technologies. Particularly impressive was the exchange with Minister Dr Melanie Leonhard and other high-ranking representatives from the industry. We talked about how the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg can strengthen its positioning with regard to offshore wind energy and hydrogen, and opportunities for cooperation were discussed.
In Norway, we got to know an extremely competent offshore industry that wants to play a bigger role in the European offshore wind value chain. The focus was on the promotion of floating offshore wind turbines. Norway wants to support the European energy transition with hydrogen, be it in blue form or increasingly in green form in the future. We discussed intensively the development of a pipeline infrastructure and the creation of a suitable market environment. In Denmark, the focus was then on the fact that the country and Danish companies want to support the German energy transition with significant quantities of green hydrogen. They plan to cover about 20% of German demand. Many gigawatts of additional offshore wind farms are being planned in Denmark for this purpose. However, pipelines would have to be built by 2028 to deliver the hydrogen to Germany. The Hyperlink 3 connection, which links Denmark, Schleswig-Holstein and Hamburg, plays a crucial role in this.
Our thanks go to the hosts in Oslo and Copenhagen and to all delegation members for creating numerous win-win options that now need to be worked out and that we look forward to. But especially we thank the Senator for Economy and Innovation in Hamburg, Dr. Melanie Leonhard, because with this trip we had the great and valuable opportunity to present our expertise in the hydrogen economy and to learn from the experiences and best practices of other countries. We are proud to have been part of this trip.