A process of rethinking took place at the political level last year. Even though the energy turnaround has still not progressed noticeably, there is now at least a vision of what a future energy supply could look like. It is becoming increasingly clear that hydrogen will play an important role in this.
However, after years in which there was no concept at all for the introduction of H2 technology, several federal states and regions announced their own hydrogen strategies in 2019. Thorsten Herbert of NOW therefore felt compelled during the f-cell in September 2019 to emphasise that “by the end of the year a strategy will have been developed to bundle the regional activities and NOW will be involved in their conception”.
The five federal states Bremen, Hamburg, Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein have probably done most of the preparatory work for the concept so far. Since November 2018, they have been working on the North German Hydrogen Strategy on behalf of the respective ministers and senators for economics and transport, which was presented at the conference of the ministers for coastal affairs, economics and transport in Lübeck on 7 November 2019.
This is based on a key issues paper, in the preparation of which several working groups with more than 200 institutions from different countries took part in questionnaires and workshops. The strategy envisages building up at least 500 megawatts of electrolysis capacity in northern Germany by 2025 and at least five gigawatts by 2030. To achieve this goal, concrete measures are planned, such as a joint “Hydrogen Week” in the summer of 2020 throughout northern Germany. In addition, H2 hubs are to be initiated, which are to gradually enable a regional and later also a supra-regional basic supply of green hydrogen.
“In northern Germany, a green hydrogen economy will be established by 2035 in order to enable a near-complete supply of all consumers interested in green hydrogen.”
North German Hydrogen Strategy
“With hydrogen, we can get much more value added in the North.”
Daniel Günther, minister president of Schleswig-Holstein
“Together we now want to start the process of building a hydrogen economy. The necessary backing must be provided by the federal government. This is why we are going to approach the Federal Government promptly with this strategy paper, clarify our determination here in Northern Germany and call on the Federal Government to quickly set the course for the future – towards hydrogen”
Michael Westhagemann, Senator for Economics and Transport, Hamburg
“Our goal of supplying all interested customers with sufficient green hydrogen by 2035 is ambitious. It is important that the federal government now creates the right framework conditions.”
Dr. Bernd Althusmann, Minister of Economics and Transport, Lower Saxony
read more in H2-international February 2020