Policy Pillar: Germany’s revised hydrogen strategy sees far greater reliance on imports

It was hard to keep Germany out of the news this summer, with a steady stream of new policy, contract and subsidy developments. But there was one which particularly stood out.

The German Government forecasts its hydrogen demand will reach between 95-130TWh by 2030, with up to 70% of domestic hydrogen demand set to be met by imports, and electrolysis capacity doubling to 10GW.

The government – describing hydrogen as ‘the oil of tomorrow’ – is now developing a separate strategy for hydrogen imports, which aims to “signal to partner countries that Germany wants to enter into global partnerships, enable reliable supply chains … establish sustainable standards, and be available as a technology partner.”

To meet these targets, Germany will open support from just green hydrogen to now include low-carbon hydrogen applications. This includes blue hydrogen produced from natural gas with carbon capture storage (CCS).

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