You can feel it – the wave of optimism sweeping through the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. All the more disappointing that the German government is taking its own sweet time setting up market regulations. It is a murky green light. Sure, there have been plenty of speeches. Yet, there is a decided lack of enthusiastic momentum. Even then, as the national hydrogen strategy was announced in early June.
At least there is a ray of hope for hydrogen research funding in the Covid-19 stimulus package. But truly clearing the way for the technology, it is not. The path remains the destination.
The same can be said for revisions to Germany’s renewable energy law EEG. Many professionals, industry agents and association representatives agree it should be scrapped, suggesting we use something else to generate revenue. Like a cap-and-trade program instead of yet another consumer surcharge. It seems China will beat us to the punch, again. It is allegedly investing in hydrogen and fuel cells, intent on cornering the market. A battery déjà vu. Lowering the EEG surcharge in Germany may sound good when you hear it for the first time. The Chinese, however, are much more pragmatic. Their plans encompass power-to-X.
read more in H2-international August 2020
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Author: Sven Jösting, written June 13th, 2020