Germany prioritises hydrogen development: media
The German government said September 22 it would put its full weight behind supporting hydrogen developments in the energy sector, the Reuters news service reported.
A two-acre campus in North Rhine-Westphalia will be the future site of a mass production facility where German cleantech company Enapter is envisioning output of 10,000 electrolysers per month. So-called green hydrogen is produced by using a renewable energy-powered electrolyser that splits water into its elemental components.
Germany is poised to become one of the world's biggest hydrogen markets under a strategy unveiled by the government last year.
“The ongoing market ramp-up of hydrogen technologies and the availability of sufficient import volumes are the two decisive levers at which we must work with every available force," Reuters quoted a statement from German federal ministers as saying.
The government strategy prioritises the production of green hydrogen. Blue hydrogen is sourced from natural gas, though carbon abatement strategies are needed to capture emissions of CO2.
Mario Mehren, the head of German energy company Wintershall Dea was critical of the government’s plan, calling for a more inclusive hydrogen strategy.
Wintershall Dea is involved in the Greensand CCS project in the Danish North Sea. The project, which will store CO2 in the Nini West offshore reservoir, is due to start operations in 2025