National Hydrogen Strategy

Germany toughens up its plans

At the end of July, the Federal Cabinet adopted an update of Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy. This recast sends a strong signal for the next phase of Germany’s hydrogen ramp-up and its path to climate neutrality. The key details at a glance.

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direct questions

How is a hydrogen economy actually created?

Hydrogen is seen as a beacon of hope for the energy transition. Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action, Dr Franziska Brantner, is joined by experts from research and industry to explain what a hydrogen economy actually needs to work.

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Security of supply

Germany has updated its Emergency Plan for Gas

Germany has an Emergency Plan for Gas made up of three levels. It stipulates the steps to be taken if the security of gas supply in Germany is at risk. The Plan has now been revised and expanded to include the experience gained since the ‘early warning level’ of the Emergency Plan was declared in March 2022.

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direct view

Demand for climate-friendly hydrogen increases significantly

In the 2023 update of the National Hydrogen Strategy, the target for hydrogen electrolysis capacities was raised from five gigawatts by 2030 to ten. The image below shows how much our hydrogen demand will increase in the future.

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Expansion of solar energy

Less bureaucracy, more speed

Photovoltaics is considered one of the most efficient energy sources for the energy transition. By 2030, some 215 gigawatts are to have been installed in Germany in total. To realise this objective, the pace of expansion must now triple. The solar package shows how this is to be achieved.

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Renewable energy

Connecting renewable energy installations to the grid is about to become easier

For Germany to be able to cover the majority of its electricity demand though renewables in the near future, new solar installations need to be connected to the grid more quickly. The complex certification procedure has now been simplified – even for large installations.

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Bundeswirtschaftsminister Robert Habeck zum Start der Agentur für kommunalen Klimaschutz

Quote of the week.

“Offshore wind energy plays a central role in the energy transition. Expanding it will provide enormous economic opportunities for Germany and the maritime industry.”

Federal Minister Robert Habeck on the occasion of the 13th National Maritime Conference

What the press say

This month in ‘What the press say’: Fewer hurdles for balcony-based power plants, heat pumps examined in a widescale study and innovations from the Husum Wind Fair.

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direct reports

  • 6th Climate Conference of Youth Germany (LCOY) (German only)

    Europe’s largest climate conference for young people, the LCOY, will take place in Munich from 6 to 8 October 2023. Its goal is to unite the youngest generation behind sustainability and climate action. The event will feature some 250 lectures, workshops and discussion panels.

  • Third Heat Pump Summit reeinforces broad stakeholder alliance (German only)

    A broad alliance of stakeholders met in Berlin today for the third Heat Pump Summit, where they discussed progress on the roadmap for Germany’s heat pump ramp-up. The focus of the Summit was on skills training and consulting for this task. The meeting reaffirmed that a large part of the measures agreed for 2023 are on track and support the goal of being able to install at least 500,000 heat pumps per year from 2024.

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