Harald Stricker, in what way is the new group function
beneficial for MAN ES?
the backdrop of scarce human and financial resources in particular,
comprehensive optimization is becoming increasingly important. We aspire to
interlink SBUs, sites and employees, breaking down silos and facilitating
know-how transfer. We want to generate added value for our innovators and
future makers by providing an innovative climate in which profitable ideas can
blossom with little effort. In addition, we also identify technology trends,
assign them and help innovations to make the commercial breakthrough, of
What technology is Innovation Management turning the
spotlight on first?
Stricker: We are already working
on development projects aimed at converting our engines and gas turbines to
run on pure hydrogen. We are also in pole position with our Power-to-X
technology. It is a complex area, however, and we have to look at entire value
chains: how are we going to produce, transport and store green hydrogen?
Hydrogen offers lots of opportunities, touches on all MAN ES’s areas of
business and will play a key role in the decarbonization of many industries,
including steel, chemicals and cement. Many employees are working intently on
these issues and developing ideas for solutions. To avoid overlaps, dovetail
activities better and ultimately draw up a common H2 roadmap, we have set up the Functional
Competence Center Hydrogen (FCC H2).
Thomas Polklas, funding is your area of expertise. How
important are grant opportunities and cooperation seen as being?
Polklas: Many people are unaware
of the wide variety of grant opportunities. Although funding is frequently
crucial in determining whether an innovation can be pursued or implemented, the
possibilities are far from being exhausted in our company. There is a broad
range of development funds, and a hydrogen testbed might benefit, for example.
Funding combined with our strong cooperation and knowledge network enables us
to save resources, freeing them up for other purposes. Partnerships with
universities and research institutes in particular help us to view ideas from
Although our corporate strategy is proving
increasingly successful, our new solutions are not yet in the field. Are our
innovations slowed down?
Stricker: To some extent, yes. We
have developed lots of innovative solutions for storing renewable energies and
cogenerating power and heat that are urgently required for the energy
transition. Owing to fiscal factors, however, even the most efficient energy
storage systems don’t currently pay. Viewed in this light, the energy
transition is more of a political problem than a technical challenge. The
National Hydrogen Strategy adopted by the German government and, at the
European level, the EU hydrogen strategy published at the beginning of July are
big steps in the right direction.
We want to generate added value for our innovators and future makers by providing an innovative
climate in which profitable ideas can blossom with little effort.
Link to the article: Stimulus package for hydrogen
Link to the article: Paper outlining key points
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