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FRANKFURT AM MAIN: Germany on Wednesday said it aims to become the world’s “number one” in green hydrogen technology, which bets that fuels produced from renewable energy sources can reduce carbon emissions and stimulate Europe’s top economy Can do.
The ministers agreed to pump nine billion euros ($ 10.2 billion) of government cash “to reach our ambitious climate goals but to reach our ambitious climate goals”, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier told reporters in Berlin Has
Altmire said that seven billion euros would be supported for the entry of hydrogen into the market in Germany, while the further two billion euros were slated for “international participation”.
Green hydrogen is seen as an important link in the chain between renewable energy generation and end users, allowing easy storage and transport of electricity generated from the sun or wind.
The so-called “green” hydrogen is produced by electrolysis – using renewable electricity to divide water into hydrogen and oxygen – rather than derived from fossil sources, as gas has historically been.
Potential applications for the new fuel include producing climate-neutral steel, storing energy for the winter, or powering road vehicles as an alternative to battery-electric drives, Altmire said
By 2030, Germany aims to build five gigawatts of nationwide hydrogen-generating capacity, to 10 gigawatts by 2040 at the latest level.
Ministers are also aware of exporting technology and producing green hydrogen to other countries
Altmaier said the support of fossil fuel-exporting countries and developing countries in building hydrogen production “are new markets for German builders of industrial plants”, which will feed into Germany with the amount of fuel that will not be produced in-house Can.
Research Minister Anja Karlicek agreed, saying “quality-based ‘Made in Germany’ should be stamped on green hydrogen technology.”
The hydrogen strategy presented on Wednesday is part of Berlin’s 130 billion euro recovery plan to boost Europe’s top economy as it emerges from the coronovirus crisis.
“With the launch of its hydrogen strategy amid the debate of economic recovery, Germany demonstrates that long-term investment in zero-carbon technologies is an essential part of the crisis response,” said Claudia Kempert of Berlin’s think-tank DIW.
In steelmaking, producer Thyssenkrupp on Wednesday announced a partnership with energy firm RWE to use green hydrogen in a test furnace.
The gas will replace coke and as a “reducing agent” of coal, to extract oxygen from iron ore, to produce water instead of climate-change carbon dioxide.
Thyssenkrupp Steel chief Bernhard Osberg said that the first unit, ready to come online in mid-2020, would produce “sufficiently neutral steel to manufacture 50,000 cars”.
He added, “You cannot achieve a comparable climate protection effect with green hydrogen anywhere compared to steel.”
Thyssenkrupp plans to make all its steel production climate-neutral by 2050.
Minister Altmaier said, “All steel industry owners believe that in the long term we have a chance to produce climate-neutral steel in Germany … with green hydrogen.”
Some observers warned that the government was expanding a broader scale of target industries as potential customers for green hydrogen.
Berlin hopes to use fuel in the car industry, as foreign companies such as Tesla or China’s CATL have stolen a march on the likes of BMW and Volkswagen in batteries – where most of the added value in electric vehicles is concentrated.
“Green hydrogen will be a scarce resource,” said Konstantin Zurger, an energy and climatologist from Germany’s DUH environmental NGO.
“It should not be used in areas that have alternatives for decaborkation on hand. It goes for heating in cars and especially buildings.”

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