Hydrogen & Fuel Cells
Every year at HANNOVER MESSE, the international hydrogen community meets to discuss new opportunities and applications. With more than 200 exhibitors, it is the world's largest trade fair for hydrogen and fuel cells. Applications for industry as well as for mobility are discussed.
Green hydrogen can gradually replace fossil fuels
When it comes to the energy turnaround, people primarily think of electrifying as many processes as possible, but not all areas of industry are suitable for this. Green hydrogen in particular is a climate-neutral and thus sustainable alternative, because only green hydrogen is truly climate-friendly, since it is produced without fossil raw materials. It is produced by electrolysis of water, whereby only electricity from renewable energies may be used for electrolysis. Green hydrogen can be used in numerous applications and gradually replace fossil fuels. It thus makes a decisive contribution to decarbonization.
Among the industry's thought leaders is Ove Petersen, co-founder and CEO of GP Joule. With decentralized green hydrogen projects such as eFarm, which are intelligently integrated into the energy infrastructure, industry can also be supplied competitively with green hydrogen in the medium term. In his opinion, we can generate enough renewable energy in Europe and thus do not need to import hydrogen. With electrolysers in the energy system, one creates the necessary flexibility in the power grid that the renewable generation plants need.
Hydrogen is already being used today in the steel industry. The potential of hydrogen plays a major role at thyssenkrupp, for example. On the one hand the company is making a key contribution to building a green hydrogen economy, using its own expertise in alkaline water electrolysis and developing climate-neutral supply concepts for industrial applications. Secondly, the company is creating the conditions for climate-neutral steel production.
Hydrogen is also ideal for mobility applications
In addition to being significantly more efficient than cars and trucks with internal combustion engines, hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles also have the advantage of making a significant contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions via the climate-friendly manufacturing pathway. DHL Express announced in November 2021 that they are testing hydrogen-powered trucks for regular service. DHL is conducting a truck pilot test on the route between Breda in the Netherlands and Brussels in Belgium as part of the Interreg North-West Europe program's "H2 Share" project. The goal of the program, coordinated by WaterstofNet, is to facilitate the development of low-CO2 hydrogen-powered heavy-duty vehicles for logistics. The program creates a foundation for the development of the zero-emission heavy-duty vehicle industry.
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