Germany is getting in early on the proposed hydrogen economy as a producer, consumer and with intentions to be the leading international supplier of hydrogen technologies. Simon Göss at Energy Brainpool runs through the main drivers for hydrogen before summarising the German strategy. The German 2030 target is to have electrolyser capacity of 5GW installed to produce 14TWh of green hydrogen, providing 15% of the hydrogen consumed in Germany by that date. CO2-neutral blue hydrogen will be used mainly in industry and transport. State support will exceed €10bn. There is talk of exempting any electricity used for green hydrogen production from the renewable energy levy. Importing hydrogen is also part of the plan so supply chains and agreements with exporters – particularly in Africa – are now a priority. Göss will follow up this article with another on Energy Brainpool’s own studies and reports on hydrogen in the energy system.
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