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.
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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.
According to figures from the Federal Motor Transport Authority and the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), the number of newly registered electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) in Germany grew by some 400 percent in August. 33,203 such cars were registered, accounting for a record 13.2% of the market.
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.
Could a German offshore facility really be blasting off small-scale rockets into space any time soon? If the German industrial association BDI and a number of shipbuilding companies get their way, the answer to that question will be yes.
The Franco-German Gaia-X cloud services infrastructure project represents the starting point of a European data ecosystem capable of competing with the world’s big cloud players.
Video games have been recommended by the World Health Organization as one way of potentially combatting the effects of lockdown and social distancing.
One intriguing idea for how to store excess energy produced by renewable sources for when it is needed is power-to-gas technology. It converts electricity into hydrogen via electrolysis, which is then introduced into the natural-gas network.
The self-evolving cyborg intent on destroying humankind is a staple of classic sci-fi films like Terminator. But while malleability and extreme efficiency are characteristics of real-life robots, malevolence is not – as Germany’s billion-euro robotics industry illustrates.
Concluding our week-long look at how various German industries’ are faring during the coronavirus pandemic, we scrutinize the medtech sector.