German Hydrogen Commissioner: “This is about establishing an integrated, systematic solution”

Markets Germany spoke to Dr. Stefan Kaufmann, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research about Germany’s unique approach to hydrogen.

Hydrogen Busses

The eastern German city of Cottbus wants to make its bus fleet CO2 neutral. For that to happen, some of its 55 vehicles will have to run on “green hydrogen” produced from renewably generated electricity.

AI for Clean Air

Hawa Dawa means “air purity” in several languages – which makes it an appropriate name for a multicultural company associated with Munich’s Technical University that is devoted to combatting air pollution.

Transporting Hydrogen

Germany is going big on hydrogen, with government support of at least EUR 10 billion going into green power-to-gas technologies in the years to come. But one aspect that often gets overlooked is how to transport H2.

Green Hydrogen in Saxony-Anhalt

In August, the renowned Fraunhofer Institute broke ground for its green hydrogen electrolysis testing and experimental facility (ELP) in the town of Leuna in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt. This pilot plant will help Germany’s “chemical triangle” optimize its operations and meet the future demands of the regional industry for 100,000 standard cubic meters of hydrogen per hour.

Reusable Packaging

Online retail is booming, with some 3.65 billion packages being sent in Germany in 2019 and that figure likely to rise considerably because of the coronavirus pandemic. This has led to a veritable deluge of packaging waste – a problem German French start-up LivingPackets aims to solve with something called, simply, The Box.

Cargo Bike Run Continues

The northern German city of Hamburg has extended a program to subsidizing the purchase of electric and conventional cargo bicycles.

Hydrogen-Hybrid Garbage Truck

There’s an unusual sight on the roads of the northern German city of Bremen: a hydrogen-hybrid garbage truck. It’s the first time such a vehicle, which features both battery and fuel-cell technology, has ever been used in practice.

Growing the Grid

Germany’s public utilitites regulatory body, the Federal Network Agency (BNetzA), says that the country made major progress in expanding its power grid in 2019.

The Economics of Ecology

Combatting climate change is not only potentially essential to human survival. According to a study by the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), it makes just as much economic sense.