In March, the CAMPFIRE alliance of the North-East region successfully completed the interim evaluation by a jury of experts as part of the BMBF program “WIR!-Change through Innovation in the Region. A further budget of 6 million euros was made available to the partners for this purpose. This means that CAMPFIRE technology development and an associated positive change in the region through the development of economic potential in the field of hydrogen will receive a total of €52 million in funding within the framework of BMBF WIR!, in the lead project TransHyDE in the BMBF ideas competition “Green Hydrogen” and within the framework of FETProActiv through Horizon2020. The comprehensive approach of CAMPFIRE has already resulted in a strong partnership of regional small and medium-sized enterprises with a financially strong large-scale industry and scientific institutions as well as an international visibility of the region in hydrogen technology in the last three years. In the current rapid market ramp-up of ammonia, technology leadership is already expected within a short period of time and sustainable business models for ammonia technologies should be available from 2025.
In the next three years, the partner alliance will focus on the entrepreneurial realization of the technologies by the regional companies active in the alliance and on enabling them to manufacture and globally market the new technologies and products for the development of a global hydrogen economy. Small and medium-sized enterprises from the alliance region will be involved in the CAMPFIRE Open Innovation Lab (COIL) for the next three years for the realization of an industrial focus and subsequent marketing of the developed ammonia technologies for Power-to-Ammonia and for Ammonia-to-Power. The main target groups are small and medium-sized enterprises, start-ups and entrepreneurs from the plant engineering, energy technology, energy trading, special mechanical engineering, shipbuilding and automation technology sectors, who will benefit from the network of highly qualified scientific partners created by CAMPFIRE as well as from their research activities and practical experience.
In view of the current wave of de-industrialization in the region and the urgent need for action on climate protection, as well as the threat of supply gaps due to the loss of Russian natural gas, the alliance has immense potential to create a technology base in the region for the creation of a new ammonia industry with a future technology rollout from MV. As a pioneer for the development of technologies for ammonia, companies in MV could in this way make a significant contribution to maintaining the security of energy supply in Germany and, together with European partners, lead the market ramp-up of ammonia for the energy transition.