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National Hydrogen Strategy Energy from climate-friendly gas

Green hydrogen is capable of – virtually – everything: it can make chemical processes climate-neutral, be combusted cleanly, is convenient to store and transport – and at some point will be capable of stabilising the electricity grid as a replacement for natural gas. This is why it is so important for climate protection and a secure energy supply. In its National Hydrogen Strategy, the Federal Government has set down measures for the comprehensive use of hydrogen.

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“Investing in hydrogen is an investment in our future – in climate protection, in qualified jobs, and in securing the energy supply,” said Federal Minister of Economic Affairs Robert Habeck at the presentation of the National Hydrogen Strategy. The Minister emphasised that the strategy provided a reliable basis for investment, setting the course for close cooperation with European and international partners.

In addition, work was being done at full speed to build up the necessary infrastructure. An initial network comprising more than 1,800 kilometres of converted and newly built hydrogen pipelines is to be in place by 2027/28, with about 4,500 kilometres to be added across Europe. But above all, said Habeck, the strategy brought together all measures that were already in progress. “We’re in the process of establishing the core hydrogen grid – in other words the motorways, if you like,” said Habeck, adding that this was to be completed in the summer before establishing “the main roads and local roads, i.e. the underlying distribution network” in autumn.

New hydrogen power plants planned: According to Habeck, great progress had also been made in identifying the points of consumption and distributing subsidies for power plants with hydrogen capability in the electricity sector and also for industry. In addition to the subsidies for the steel industry, talks with the EU Commission were well advanced on funding hydrogen power plants – an entirely new generation of power plants. 

Further statements from the Federal Cabinet

Federal Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger stressed: “Hydrogen is the missing piece in the energy transition puzzle. With this strategy, we’re setting the pace for the market ramp-up in the sector.” She said it combined energy security, climate neutrality and competitiveness. The import strategy was also important as the next step, she added, since Germany could not cover the demand for hydrogen on its own.

Federal Minister of Transport Volker Wissing emphasised the importance of hydrogen technologies in the transport sector, saying that they were important for climate-friendly mobility and complemented other alternative forms of propulsion, especially in the area of freight transport. “We need hydrogen directly for the fuel cell, but also for the production of synthetic fuels, which will be indispensable for climate neutrality in transport,” the Minister said.  

Federal Environment Minister Steffi Lemke referred to the Federal Government’s goal of aligning hydrogen technologies with ambitious sustainability standards from the outset based on the new strategy. And Federal Development Minister Svenja Schulze pointed out that a fair world market for hydrogen not only offered an opportunity for the environment but also significant development opportunities worldwide. 

The most important questions and answers about the National Hydrogen Strategy:

What is hydrogen?

What is the National Hydrogen Strategy?

Why is Germany so interested in hydrogen? And why is hydrogen considered the energy source of the future?

Why is hydrogen controversial? Green, grey, blue, turquoise – hydrogen comes in many colours

Which type of hydrogen is promoted under the Hydrogen Strategy?

Why is green hydrogen better than fossil fuels?

How can hydrogen be used?

How is the Federal Government promoting the use of hydrogen?

Where will Germany get enough green hydrogen from?