all projects

Feasibility studies to check implementation

Innovation & Technology Centre for hydrogen


Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV)




Goerg lawyers, Haas Engineering, EY Law

In June 2021, Prognos was commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) to investigate the feasibility of an innovation and technology centre for hydrogen (ITZ). An innovation centre of this nature and the corresponding technology should provide a development, certification, and standardisation body that due to the early market phase and the high costs involved, cannot be implemented without public sector financial support.

Set technical & economic standards for new hydrogen technologies

The ITZ focuses on strengthening the competitiveness of start-ups, founders, and small and medium-sized enterprises. This is intended to close the gap with comparable innovation institutions in Asia (including China and Japan) and North America.  A centre such as this is addressed in measure 10 of the National Hydrogen Strategy and will be put into practice accordingly.

Location selection for the Technology and Innovation Centre: Our tasks

In order to promote the use of hydrogen for mobility and transport, the BMDV wants to promote technology like this and innovation centres for hydrogen technologies and thus launched a competition procedure for suitable locations in November 2020. Application concepts from various German regions were submitted in an open and transparent competition. The results of this process were the locations of Chemnitz, Duisburg, Pfeffenhausen, and a cluster in Northern Germany consisting of several locations (Bremen/Bremerhaven, Hamburg, Stade). These locations were tested, evaluated, and developed with regard to their feasibility, implementability, and added value. In the second phase, a feasibility concept for the ITZ is to be presented in more detail by Prognos, on the basis of which the implementation will be decided.

The project runs until March 2022.

More about our work on hydrogen (in German)


Jens Hobohm, Marion Neumann, Marcel Hölterhoff, Jutta Struwe

Do you have questions?

Your contact at Prognos

Jens Hobohm

Partner, Director

View profile

Marion Neumann

Project Manager

View profile

Mehr Studien & Projekte zu diesem Thema

More studies & projects on this topic

Scenarios for calculating the cost of Germany’s transport transition

| Project

What level of investment will be required to ensure a climate-neutral transport sector by 2045? We calculated this on behalf of Agora Verkehrswende, based on three scenarios.

Energy efficiency gap analysis

| Project

Energy consumption for industry, buildings and transport has remained relatively stable for the last 20 years. A study for the German Industry Initiative for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF) shows how policy can use efficiency measures to counteract this stagnation.

Economic impact analysis for selected SDGs

| Project

A foundation group commissioned us to use KPIs to visualise the impact of its activities within identified focus SDGs.

Electricity grid expansion makes headway

| Project

For over 15 years now Prognos has been bringing together the actors concerned by the expansion of the electricity grid and facilitating dialogue between them – from the Danish to the Swiss bor-der.

Support for the Just Transition Platform

| Project

Through the Just Transition Platform (JTP), the EU supports the member states and regions in achieving their climate targets in a fair manner. Prognos provided the JTP with in-depth analyses and knowledge management.

12th Energy Transition Monitoring

| Project

The energy transition is still lagging behind its goals – such are the findings of our 12th Monitoring Report. In two of the four areas, the lights remain on red.

Annual Energy Transition Monitoring

| Project

What is the status of the energy transition in Germany? Since 2012, Prognos has been monitoring the energy transition in Bavaria and Germany on behalf of the vbw.

German energy market design

| Project

In the coming years new renewable power plants will have to be built – but also flexible gas power plants, which can be used when required. We examined various incentive instruments on behalf of the vbw.

Alternative transport scenario for Germany

| Project

Environmental organisations have tasked Prognos with adapting selected assumptions from the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure transport forecasts to facilitate climate-friendly transport development.

Ex-post analysis of energy consumption in Switzerland 2022

| Project update

Final energy consumption in Switzerland for the year 2022 was around 4 percent less than in the year 2021. Mobility (32 percent) accounted for the largest share.

About us

Prognos – Providing Orientation.

Prognos is one of the oldest economic research centres in Europe. Founded at the University of Basel, Prognos experts have been conducting research for a wide range of clients from the public and private sectors since 1959 – politically independent, scientifically sound.

Learn more