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Super Surf winner German-Dutch Prize for the Economy 2019

14 November, 2019 - 10:46

This cross-border project, which enables the mass production of hydrogen fuel cells, has left 35 other candidates behind for the prize. The award was presented for the twelfth time this year by the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce (DNHK).

"The mobility of the future is once again enriched with an interesting solution", says DNHK director Günter Gülker about the winning concept. "Super Surf is a perfect example of what our two countries can do if they join forces." Fuel cells are one of the most important technologies for making passenger and freight traffic emission-free, according to the jury. The problem so far has been that the cells could not be produced in large quantities. There was a lack of reliable quality control for the highly sensitive components.


Start-up for production of hydrogen buses

The six German and Dutch companies that support Super Surf have together found a solution to this problem. With the help of two project partners, they now operate optical 2D and 3D measurement systems that enable fuel cell manufacturers to guarantee consistent quality. But that's not all. "The project is currently creating a German-Dutch start-up that will produce fuel cell buses for public transport," says Susanne Schreier of project leader ADREM GmbH. "We are extremely pleased that our cooperation has now also been awarded the German-Dutch Economic Prize. This will give us greater awareness in both countries."


Super Surf consists of Demcon (Focal) BV (Enschede), Hymove BV (Arnhem), NanoFocus AG (Oberhausen, D), Nedstack BV (Arnhem), ZBT - Zentrum für BrennstoffzellenTechnik (Duisburg, D) and project leader ADREM GmbH (Oldenburg, D) and is one of a total of eleven innovation projects within the INTERREG VA project "ROCKET", which promotes cross-border cooperation in the field of key enabling technologies in the German-Dutch border region.



The project is part of the larger cross-border innovation programme ROCKET (Regional Collaborations on Key Enalbing Technologies). Within this programme, a Dutch-German collaboration stimulates developments in so-called key technologies such as nanotechnology and photonics, in order to arrive at solutions for the major societal challenges of our time. Eleven innovation projects (including SuperSurf) and six feasibility studies were carried out within ROCKET.

The programme is being carried out under the coordination of Oost NL and in cooperation with the partners innos Sperlich, NMWP.NRW, Novel-T and BC Semi NL. This project is financially supported by the European Union, the provinces of Overijssel and Gelderland, MB Niedersachsen, and MWIDE NRW within the framework of the INTERREG programme Deutschland-Nederland.


ROCKET Reloaded was started as a follow-up to ROCKET. New ideas for innovation projects can be submitted until 15 November 2019, after which a selection procedure will take place. For more information, please visit