The Senate of the Helmholtz Association, decided to establish the Helmholtz Institute of Erlangen-Nuremberg for Renewable Energies (HI ERN). The HI ERN is a collaboration of the Helmholtz centers in Jülich and Berlin with the Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.
The institute will be the first Helmholtz research facility of northern Bavaria and is expected to employ 40 to 50 scientists. Research focus points shall be in the areas of photovoltaics and chemical energy storage. The headquarters of the institute will be located on the southern campus of FAU in Erlangen, and a branch office is planned at the Energy Campus Nuremberg.
The Helmholtz Association is Germany’s largest scientific organization, with almost 34.000 staff in 18 research centers. The Helmholtz Association carries out research on the major issues concerning modern society and has an annual budget of 3.8 billion euros.
One of the initiators of the project, Prof. Dr. Peter Wasserscheid, who also heads the project hydrogen storage at the Bavarian Hydrogen Center, was particularly pleased and proud: “It’s a great success story for the FAU to bring this significant research institution into the region. The Helmholtz institute will build on the knowledge of the Excellence Cluster EAM and explore relevant issues of renewable energy here on site – namely long-term and sustainable.”