Climate change means structural change

Climate change is very unpleasant. But it also becomes uncomfortable to do something about climate change. In Germany, the Coal Commission was formed with the task of conceiving and planning the phase-out of coal. It can last up to twenty years, it’s been agreed. The affected regions painfully fast, and the climate protectors unbearably long. Germany’s withdrawal from coal is not enough for global climate protection. Around 1,300 new coal-fired power plants are currently being built or planned worldwide. And 90 percent of all new coal-fired power plants are built in developing countries. Those who understand these figures will think that the game against climate change has long since been lost.

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“We’re still in shock.”

Franz Untersteller, Environment Minister of Baden-Württemberg
Franz Untersteller, Minister for the Environment of Baden-Württemberg.

Baden-Württemberg is home to a large part of the German automotive industry. However, the new headquarters of German battery research will be located in North Rhine-Westphalia, not in Ulm. Therefore, the HyFab project comes to Baden-Württemberg for this purpose.

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Hydrogen versus Battery

Prof. Volker Quaschning
Prof. Volker Quaschning

Prof. Volker Quaschning has been drawing attention to the climate problem for months with many public contributions and actively supports the Fridays-for-Future-Kids by, for example, setting up the Scientists-for-Future group and thus providing scientific support for the youth movement. In mid-August, he published a fact check on the question: Which car has the best climate balance? In this context, he also pursued the thesis that it would be better to rely on the fuel cell car rather than the battery car for climate protection.

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H2-Innovations-Campus in Görlitz

Joe Kaeser
Joe Kaeser, © Siemens

Hydrogen technology and steam turbines – this is the motto in Görlitz from now on. After the planned closure of the Siemens plant on the Polish border, announced two years ago, had caused a great deal of displeasure, the major corporation gave in and signed a declaration of intent in mid-July 2019 together with the Free State of Saxony and the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft in order to strengthen the location in the long term and support structural change in Lausitz.

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Change is in the air

The current interest in hydrogen is almost frightening. Too often we already had H2 hypes, according to which the image of hydrogen was worse than ever before. A number of industry representatives with whom I have talked these days are therefore sceptical and fear that the hope for sustainable change that is just emerging will immediately be destroyed again.

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Chemnitz becomes H2-Centre

The Saxon city of Chemnitz is increasingly developing into a Mecca for hydrogen enthusiasts. On July 17, 2019, the Technical University there and the company Continental Powertrain will open a new H2 laboratory
Prof. von Unwerth explains the new test bench, © TU Chemnitz, Jaccob Müller

The Saxon city of Chemnitz is increasingly developing into a Mecca for hydrogen enthusiasts. On July 17, 2019, the Technical University there and the company Continental Powertrain will open a new H2 laboratory equipped with a test rig for researching modern fuel cell vehicle systems.

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