Germany to Invest €8 bln in Large-Scale Hydrogen Projects

Monday, June 7, 2021
Germany to Invest €8 bln in Large-Scale Hydrogen Projects

Germany would invest €8 billion in hydrogen projects, including electrolyzers and pipeline infrastructure, said the economy and transport minister Peter Altmaier

Germany selected 62 of 230 large-scale projects to receive state funding, which is expected to be matched with €33 billion of additional private investments. The country has plans to decarbonize its industry and become a world leader in pioneering fuel technology.

Economy ьinister Peter Altmaier, pointing to the steel and chemical industries as key sectors. The use of hydrogen fuel could result in a significant reduction in carbon emissions. “We want to become the world’s number one in hydrogen technologies,” he said.

Steel production has attractive probabilities for cutting emissions, given that a tonne of carbon-neutral hydrogen could prevent 26 tonnes of carbon emissions in steel-making. According to Hans Jürgen Kerkhoff, president of the German Steel Federation: “Companies competing internationally depend on political support for climate protection investments to make a decisive contribution to achieving climate targets”.

Hydrogen production is an extra key focus of the investment, with chosen projects set to add 2 GW of electrolyzer capacity.

Even before Germany defined the hydrogen strategy to foresee the country presiding over 5 GW of electrolyzer capacity by 2030.

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