• 595908 inhabitants of the city of Essen
  • 9 of the 100 largest companies in Germany
  • 3 of 25 members of the National Hydrogen Council
  • 13300 employees within the field of Green Economy


We are the H2 think tank and the engine behind the energy transition. Essen as a business location plays a central role in the field of hydrogen not only due to the presence of the headquarters of RWE, E.ON, Evonik, STEAG, thyssenkrupp and Open Grid Europe GmbH but additionally because of the overall high density of energy industry players.
The EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency offers a growth/accelerator programme for selected international hydrogen scale-ups. The focus is on technological and legal advice regarding the adaptation of technology and business models to the German market.

Make your vision a reality


Profit from HyTechCheck – up to 3 months market testing programme for international hydrogen scale-ups:


  • B2B contacts and matchmaking with leading European hydrogen players

  • Certification assistance

  • Individual coaching in the fields of law, regulation, strategy technology, management, and other topics to empower your European business from the beginning

  • Support in HR & marketing

  • Up to three months of free co-working space

The partners


HydroHub, an initiative of TÜV NORD GROUP companies, assists energy companies, industries and municipal governments with concentrated 360° hydrogen expertise for Engineering, Consulting and Training along the complete hydrogen value chain. It analyses demand, identifies economic and technical potential, and converts requirements into precise hydrogen projects. With a practical, hands-on customer focus, the expert teams plan and carry out projects for smart sector coupling, storage systems and site developments, as well as hydrogen import strategies and many more. HydroHub provides unique services, matching them with specialised units within TÜV NORD GROUP. Ready when you are, Hydrogen!

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Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e. V.

The Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V. (Gas and Heat Institute, short GWI) is a non-profit and independent research institute that has been involved in addressing the energy topics of the future together with its members, partners and customers for many decades. In the course of the energy transition, GWI has developed into an Energy Institute that is open to all types of technology and is engaged in numerous research projects at state, federal and EU level as well as application-oriented cooperation with industry. Due to the close interaction between the departments of Research and Development, Training and Consulting Center, Testing Laboratory and L-H Gas Market Conversion, GWI has created extensive possibilities to support the transformation of the energy system on all levels of the technology chain including production, supply and end-use. In addition to feasibility and potential studies, experimental investigations on H2 use of end applications in the heat and industrial sector are carried out at the GWI. The spectrum ranges from test stands for small fuel cells with outputs of less than 1 kW to semi-industrial high-temperature test stands up to 1.3 MW.

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H2UB is the first European platform for start-ups operating in the hydrogen ecosystem. It connects start-ups and future founders with companies, funding partners and research institutes to successfully develop and bring innovative hydrogen ideas to market. H2UB offers access to the developing hydroverse and is a thriving and growing network to support the ramp-up of the European and global hydrogen market. Digital and physical event formats, such as the “H2UB Deep Dive” offer the opportunity for hydrogen start-ups and corporates to discuss topics in depth. In the accelerator programs “H2UB Sprint” and “H2UB Bootcamp” start-ups benefit from customized individual and group coaching sessions with mentors and industry experts. The “H2-LabNet” provides easy access to testing and prototyping services from a broad network of laboratories and research institutes. As a think tank H2UB contributes to the expert discussion on the further development of the hydrogen market.

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evety GmbH

We are evety. We are the link between strategy consulting and energy industry expertise. We have a clear picture of the future: sustainable, economical and secure. A future that we realize together with you. We accompany you from your initial idea through planning to the implementation of your initiatives and projects. Our partner network is available to you at all times for any special topics you may require. Start your energy transformation now. With renewable energies. With hydrogen. With evety.

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Orfgen Marketing

We are Orfgen. The owner-managed marketing design agency. A team of 50 employees. Grown up between records and Spotify. Between Schwarzwaldklinik and Netflix. Between poetry album and Instagram. Founded by the founder. Further developed with the next generation. We are editors, project managers, media designers, consultants, photographers, final artworkers and brand designers.

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Rosin Büdenbender Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH

Rosin Buedenbender GmbH, Essen, is a specialized and experienced law firm in the energy and infrastructure sector in Germany. The lawyers have decades of experience gained in high-level positions in energy companies, global law firms and courts. The lawyers’ focus lies on all legal issues along the value chain of energy supply with an emphasis on power plant and grid regulation, renewables/hydrogen, (district) heat/water supply, energy trading and distribution, Mergers&Acquisitions, which are addressed with a strong technical and economic mind.

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SOH is a mid-sized law firm with more than 35 lawyers. SOH provides legal full-service advice, and supports its clients inter alia concerning regulatory, energy and environmental law as well as in corporate, commercial, and labor law matters. Numerous lawyers of SOH are certified as notaries, tax advisors or specialized lawyers. SOH is recognized as a go-to address in the legal market, in particular in the Rhine-Ruhr area. Exceptional legal and commercial expertise, in-depth knowledge of the markets they work in, and creative and efficient work characterize the lawyers of SOH. They provide seamless legal advice in litigious and non-litigious matters to their clients from different sectors and industries, e.g. renewables, start-ups, brownfield and greenfield real estate, manufacturing and retail.

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DÜS Eckert Sprachinstitut GmbH

Speak German with confi­dence: Break down the language barrier with engaging and professional German courses. A better way to learn German: Learn German in a friendly, effective, and professional environment. Usable language: Learn how to speak German in real-world situations. Apply your knowledge from day one. Only German: Obsessed with offering the best German courses, so only teaching German and nothing else. Qualified teachers: Become fluent fast by learning from the team of highly qualified teachers.

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workspace A81

The workspace-Essen at location A81 offers work and networking in a feel-good atmosphere on approx. 5200m². In addition to permanent rental space, we offer co-working rooms with complete furnishings and high-quality equipment, as a single place in the common room and as a day workstation or closed office space, with flexible terms and as a day office. Conference rooms for up to 30 people, meeting rooms from 4 people and an event room with 160m² complete the offer. Whether it’s a classic business center or co-working, we have a good mix of both.

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WHY essen

Home of many international operating and well-known Companies along the hydrogen value chain representing the great importance of hydrogen. A lot of SME’s and R&D institutions are also shaping the energy transition in our region and are open to discover your unique business.

Members of the hydrogen advisory board of the City of Essen:


  • Brenntag SE
  • City of Essen
  • con|energy AG
  • DMT Group GmbH & Co KG / NORD GROUP
  • Evonik Industries AG
  • EWG – Essen Economic Development Agency
  • Gas- und Wärme-Institut Essen e.V.
  • Open Grid Europe GmbH
  • RAG-Stiftung
  • Rosin Büdenbender Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH
  • Ruhrbahn GmbH
  • RWE Generation SE
  • Stadtwerke Essen AG
  • STEAG GmbH
  • thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions AG
  • Verallia Deutschland AG
  • VGB PowerTech e. V.
  • Westenergie AG

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Mario Gillmann