Hydrogen Hotspot

February 2020

Germany’s federal government has said it wants to make the country leader in hydrogen energy. And the regional states that comprise Germany’s north – Bremen, Hamburg, Lowery Saxony, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg- Vorpommern – are at the vanguard of that effort.

Hamburg, for instance, has negotiated with investors to build a hydrogen-electrolysis facility with a capacity of 100 megawatts in its port. Hydrogen is viewed as a critical step towards emissions-free mobility. Hamburg police and the city’s senator for economics already drive hydrogen-fueled cars.

The five states’ strategy paper calls for at least 500 megawatts of hydrogen power by 2030 and an increase in hydrogen filling stations for motor vehicles from 78 to 250. Regional politicians argue for the policy by saying that Japan, South Korea and China have all adopted hydrogen into their power strategies.

Hamburg port © Karsten Bergmann on Pixabay