German government agrees on national hydrogen strategy


Germany’s federal government has adopted a €9 billion ($10.2 billion) National Hydrogen Strategy, with “green hydrogen” considered critical to the decarbonisation of key sectors in the country, such as the steel and chemical industries and the transport sector.

Hydrogen technologies also represent a potential key export sector, according to a release by the department.

At the centre of these efforts is the new National Hydrogen Council, whose members were appointed by the Federal Cabinet on Wednesday.

The government wants to encourage “green hydrogen” production, which in turn, could help smooth out fluctuations in wind and solar generation, enabling clean energy sources to replace fossil fuels in high-temperature production processes such as steelmaking.

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The government’s planned investment is intended to promote hydrogen production and use, and includes a goal to build hydrogen production facilities with a target capacity of 5GW by 2030, according to Associated Press.

The plan also includes a €2 billion ($2.6 billion) allocation for the construction of projects in Morocco and other developing economies.

Said Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Peter Altmaier: “In adopting the hydrogen strategy, we are paving the way for Germany to become the world leader in the field of hydrogen technologies. The time has come for hydrogen and the technologies enabling its use. We must therefore harness the potential for economic output, employment, and the climate, and do this now.”

Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety Svenja Schulze said: “This is something I have been calling for, because, in the long run, only hydrogen that is based on 100% renewable energy is good for the climate. This also means that a “Yes!” to hydrogen is also a “Yes!” to wind energy. Green hydrogen gives us an opportunity to link up climate action and a sustainable industrial sector that offers future-proof and resilient jobs.”

Click here for the German text-version of the strategy.

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