One of the great advantages of hydrogen is its capacity to store excess energy for later use, but the gas itself also has to be stored. To this end, German energy company EWE is constructing an underground storage facility in the municipality of Rüdersdorf east of Berlin.
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With a host new production facilities underway in the country, Germany is poised to become Europe’s electric vehicle (EV) battery capital.
The German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure BMVI has launched a new program “Charging Infrastructure on Location” that will introduce add EUR 300 million to the funds to create more electric vehicle charging stations.
The Kopernikus Projekte P2X, an initiative of the German Ministry of Research and Education, says that for the first time ever glass has been made using green hydrogen as a heat source. That was after an eight-week test run at a factory operated by German glassmaker SCHOTT.
Valmet Automotive is expanding – specifically to the town of Kirchardt in the southwestern regional state of Baden-Württemberg. The Finnish maker of batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) is converting an 11,500-square-meter former printing shop into its third production facilities overall and first in Germany.
German business newspaper Handelsblatt has reported that energy company Steag is planning to construct a gigantic battery for energy storage in a decommissioned coalmine in the west of the country.
For some they’re an important part of Germany’s energy future, for others, a relic of the past that services a technology which should be phased out as soon as possible: synthetic fuels for automotive combustion engines.
Germany’s postal company, Deutsche Post, says it will spend some EUR 7 billion by 2030 to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. That comes on top of a 2017 pledge to be carbon neutral by 2050.
Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research has started a major new green hydrogen R&D initiative called “International Future Labs.” Successful projects will be eligible for up to EUR 5 million in grants for up to 36 months.
Germany reduced the amount of greenhouse gasses it emitted by 739 million tons – or 8.7 percent – last year compared to 2019. That’s according to the German Environment Agency UBA.