Schwäbisch Gmünd (dpa/lsw) - Seven model regions in Baden-Württemberg want to use hydrogen exclusively as an energy source in the next few years and generate this technology from renewable energies. On Monday, the starting signal was given in Schwäbisch Gmünd for the project, which is being supported with around 32 million euros by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the state of Baden-Württemberg. The model regions are the districts of Reutlingen, Heidenheim and Tübingen, the Alb-Donau-Kreis, the Ostalbkreis and the cities of Schwäbisch Gmünd and Ulm.
The project called "Hy-FIVE" will be funded until 2027 and is intended to test the hydrogen economy in rural and urban areas. 15 project partners from business and science will implement the specific model projects.
With the help of hydrogen, energy can be stored and transported, and industry and consumers can be supplied with energy in the model region. Hydrogen is considered an alternative to the fossil fuels coal, gas and oil. According to earlier information, the Ministry of the Environment assumes that up to 16,000 new jobs and nine billion euros in sales can be created in the south-west in 2030.