The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs (BMWi) and Energy and Ministry of Transport (BMVI) will help fund 62 large-scale hydrogen projects as part of the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) scheme.
The overall funding for these projects total around €8bn ($9.7bn) with hopes to trigger investments totalling €33bn ($44bn).
The projects have been selected from over 230 projects, represent the entire value chain of the hydrogen market.
In the BMWi department, 50 projects are included in the funding and feature hydrogen generation plants that total more than 2GW of electrolysis capacity.
Infrastructure features with hydrogen pipelines set to be expanded by 1,700km.
The steelmaking industry is also heavily included in the new funding with ArcelorMittal, Stahl Holding Saar, Salzgitter Stahl and Thyssenkrupp Steel, all steel producers active in Germany, submitting investment projects.
A number of innovative projects in the chemical industry will look to carbon-free production of hydrogen and use it in the creation of ammonia or synthetic fuels for freight or air traffic.
The Federal Ministry of Transport has selected 12 projects in the mobility sector to receive funding which focus on the development and manufacturing process of fuel cell systems and vehicles.
As well as this, the development of a nationwide and cross-border hydrogen refuelling network is to be promoted.
The Hamburg project that has received funding is addressing the aviation and maritime sector: fuel cell vehicles will be used in port logistics, hydrogen push boats in the Port of Hamburg and hydrogen vehicles for intralogistics at Airbus.
The various national projects will be networked with one another in such a way that all countries benefit from each other and a European hydrogen economy can be built up together.
Peter Altmaier, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, said, “We want to become number one in the world for hydrogen technologies.
“To do this, we are pooling our strengths in Europe and initiating massive investments in the future technology hydrogen with the first joint European hydrogen project securing competitiveness and jobs in Germany and Europe.
“We are providing over €8bn ($9.7bn) in federal and state funds for the 62 German projects selected today, and with the projects we cover the entire value chain – from hydrogen generation and transport to industrial applications.
“We are thus taking a big step on the way to making our economy climate-neutral with the central areas for this being the steel industry as well as the chemical industry.”
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