German research ministry announces additional investment for green hydrogen

German research ministry announces additional investment for green hydrogen

Green hydrogen research in Germany is set to benefit from €300m more of funding by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek made the announcement today, highlighting that €180m of ministry funds had already been allocated to such research in the coming years.

The new influx of funds comes after the government cabinet approved its draft legislative “climate package.”

“We will increase the intensity of our research into green hydrogen, that is, hydrogen produced by the sun and wind,” said Karliczek. “Green hydrogen is the energy carrier of the future and a key foundation needed for us to meet our climate goals.”

In July, Federal Economic Affairs and Energy Minister Peter Altmaier announced €300m of his own to support hydrogen research and has promised that Germany will become the “world number one” in hydrogen technologies.

“By the end of this year, the government will decide on a hydrogen strategy with which we will create the conditions enabling businesses to further develop its industrial potential,” Altmaier said today.

With Wednesday’s announcements, the two ministries have pledged €780m to this research.

“Hydrogen technologies offer enormous potential for the Energiewende, climate protection and new jobs,” says Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) Director of Energy, Construction and Environmental Technologies Esther Frey. “This initiative shows how serious Germany is about supporting this technology. It should provide a major boost to this sector.”

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