Climate protection needs hydrogen

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Hydrogen technology is ready for the step from the laboratory into practice. For this reason, the Federal Government must now quickly provide its strategy with concrete measures. This opens up new competitive opportunities for the mechanical engineering sector.

The Federal Government must now finally provide its announced hydrogen strategy with concrete measures for a market ramp-up of this technology. "Global climate protection is not possible without hydrogen and chemical energy carriers produced from it; particularly because Germany, as an energy importer, is also dependent on supplies of 'green' energy from abroad," says Hartmut Rauen, Deputy Managing Director of the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA), before tomorrow's technical talks between the Federal Government, hydrogen experts and users. The use of hydrogen offers great opportunities for
industry and mechanical engineering in Germany. As a supplier and exporter of technologies and plants, medium-sized companies, in particular, can benefit considerably from an international market ramp-up and strengthen their competitive position. The VDMA, therefore, participated intensively in the German government's gas dialogue and supports the project to adopt a hydrogen strategy before the end of this year. Hydrogen and power-to-x technologies - i.e. the conversion of electricity into gas or liquid fuels - play a key role in harnessing renewable energy in the heat, mobility and industrial sectors. This sector coupling and integration is a fundamental building block for climate protection.

"Global climate protection is not possible without hydrogen and chemical energy carriers produced from it; not least because Germany as an energy importer also depends on supplies of 'green' energy from abroad.


While the political community in Berlin has so far been thinking primarily about research funding, industry has long since gone further: "Power-to-X as a technology for the production of hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives is ready for the step from the laboratory into reality", says Peter Müller-Baum, Managing Director of the VDMA working group Power-to-X for Applications. Power-to-X projects must now be implemented on an industrial scale in order to consolidate the pioneering role of domestic technology providers. "This requires a level playing field in the regulatory framework", says Mr.Müller-Baum, as the technology is disadvantaged by taxes and levies compared to other climate protection options. In order to facilitate market entry, for example, the ambitious implementation of the European Renewable Energies Directive (RED II) into national law is necessary. The VDMA - like many other associations - demands a 20 percent share of renewable energy in transport for RED II by 2030. Corresponding signals should emanate from the hydrogen conference of the Federal Government. The VDMA will, therefore, start tomorrow's discussion with a detailed position and concrete proposals.

 

The mentioned position paper can be found here.

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