Germany’s Ministry of Education and Research has announced it will be investing EUR 700 million in three major green hydrogen projects. The funds will be allocated by 2025.
The money comes from the government’s EUR 60 billion “Future Program” (Zukunftspaket) and the overarching economic stimulus package agreed upon in 2020. The government also pledged last year to invest at least EUR 10 billion in a National Hydrogen Strategy to make Germany the “world number one” in hydrogen energy technologies.
The “main projects” in the ministry’s initiative:
- H2 Giga will explore technologies aimed at achieving the serial production of water electrolyzers.
- H2Mare will research the possibilities for using offshore wind turbines to produce hydrogen and related products directly at sea.
- TransHyDE will develop, evaluate and demonstrate technologies for transporting hydrogen.
The three projects emerged from the “Hydrogen Republic Germany” ideas competition staged by the German government in 2020. Green hydrogen is made exclusively from renewable, ecologically friendly power-generation sources.
“I see green hydrogen as a millennial opportunity for Germany,” said Education and Research Minister Anja Karliczek in a statement. “Today with our three main projects I am officially kicking off an initiative of superlatives intended to remove the major obstacles to a hydrogen economy.”
“It’s decisive for the continuing development of the industry that we reduce the costs of producing hydrogen and have the ability to make and transport large quantities of it,” says Germany Trade & Invest hydrogen expert Heiko Staubitz. “Germany offers excellent growth opportunities for companies in the hydrogen sector. Germany’s National Hydrogen Strategy has established concrete goals, and large-scale hydrogen-production projects are already underway.”