The CAMPFIRE alliance in the North-East region is pursuing the development of a new field of innovation for the decentralized production of ammonia from renewable energies and its utilization as an innovative energy carrier for emission-free maritime mobility. The North-East Region represents a geographical concentration of companies, institutions, research institutes and associations in the Rostock, Stralsund, Greifswald and Uckermark area, which are active in the energy and maritime industries.
The scientific competences of thin-film technologies and high-performance catalysts available in the North-East region form the technical and content-related starting point of the strategic project. By integrating novel electroceramic thin films into energy systems, resource-saving direct energy conversion processes for an ammonia economy become feasible. They offer the opportunity for a structural change through a technological leadership in products that experience a rapidly increasing demand due to climate policy objectives.
The CAMPFIRE alliance currently consists of more than 60 mainly regional, but also supra-regional partners. The innovation partners have the natural science, engineering, law, economics and climate policy expertise to develop the electroceramic thin films and energy conversion systems and embed them in a market shaped by climate policy objectives. Companies already active in the energy market, a production facility for fertilizers made from ammonia on a large industrial scale and companies from the maritime industry are participating in the innovation alliance.
Above all, small and medium-sized companies in the supply and service industry for the maritime sector and the wind power industry are to develop unique selling points through their active participation in regional exploitation chains and strengthen their competitiveness in the context of sustainable structural change. Through the impact of the new innovation field on cooperation, supplier and customer networks, a sustainable growing change in the corporate structure and infrastructure will be achieved. From the beginning, the legal framework for the applications is considered as well as a development of suitable business models is realized. After five years, a first regional utilization chain for green ammonia exists. Innovative concepts and a demonstration drive for maritime mobility based on ammonia are available.