German federal government announces hydrogen strategy
The German federal government wants to promote hydrogen as an energy source and raw material. In a short paper, it has presented its ‘National Strategy for Hydrogen’, aimed at making Germany a leading international provider of such technologies.26 Nov 2019 David Schahinian
One planned course of action for achieving this is the establishment of a domestic hydrogen market. Hydrogen technologies are also to be further developed and quickly implemented on an industrial scale. The government wants to draw up a strategy and action plan by the end of 2019. What action will follow the words remains to be seen – especially given how a ‘National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology’ was launched back in 2007. German Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Andreas Scheuer (CSU) also believes the automotive industry has a duty here: it needs to start bringing affordable vehicles onto the market and to “show people that the technology is reliable”.
For industry, hydrogen from green electricity is currently practically the only way to operate climate-neutrally, writes ‘Der Spiegel’ . However, relevant concepts, such as Power-to-X, i.e. the conversion of green electricity into green energy, are not yet usable or affordable across the board.
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