“We aim to become the world number one in hydrogen technologies,” said Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier. “Hydrogen technologies offer enormous potential for the Energiewende, climate protection and new jobs. With the laboratories we’ll be able to test how new hydrogen technologies can be applied under real conditions and on an industrial scale.”
Ninety proposals were made as part of the competition, and the ministry is taking steps to expand the program. An additional 200 million euros will be available for laboratories in regions undergoing structural change. The German government plans to unveil a comprehensive “hydrogen strategy” by the end of the year.
“This initiative shows how serious Germany is about making the transition to clean energy a reality,” said Germany Trade & Invest CEO Jürgen Friedrich. “It should provide a major boost to this energy sector.”