Berlin— The first German General Hydrogen Assembly starts with 3,500 participants on January 26, 2021 in the first of two online conference days.
The joint conference of the General Assembly of the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP) and the German Hydrogen Congress of the Energy Agency NRW gives an overview of the state of development of technology, products and projects, especially in the mobility sector, and offers the opportunity to strategically position the federal and Get to know state governments on the subject of hydrogen. Top-class keynote speeches and specialist forums on political framework conditions and general technical developments in the hydrogen and fuel cell sector offer actors from industry, research and politics a forum for networking and professional exchange.
At the start of the joint conference, Andreas Scheuer, Federal Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, and Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Economy, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, explained the great importance of hydrogen technology for climate protection.
Federal Transport Minister Scheuer: “Together we have it in our hands to set the course for climate-neutral transport. Traffic is currently still more than 95 percent dependent on the use of fossil fuels. We therefore urgently need more mobility that relies on renewable energies. We can only achieve the climate targets with zero-emission vehicles. Green hydrogen supplements – across all modes of transport – other alternative forms of drive in a sensible and climate-friendly way.
Economics and Energy Minister Prof. Dr. Andreas Pinkwart: “North Rhine-Westphalia is well on the way to becoming a leading hydrogen region in Europe. Only with the consistent use of hydrogen technologies can we successfully complete the energy transition. We want to remain an important industrial location and have set ourselves ambitious goals with the recently published hydrogen roadmap. We build on our strong research and innovative companies as well as on cross-border partnerships. We have already initiated the first collaborations, others will follow. “
Traditionally, the General Assembly for the National Innovation Program for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NIP 2) provides information about ongoing projects, the results of completed projects and EU-funded projects in Germany. The NIP 2 funding program is coordinated by NOW GmbH. Its managing director and spokesman Kurt-Christoph von Knobelsdorffexplains: “With the adoption of the National Hydrogen Strategy, the responsible ministries of the federal government have once again underlined the central importance of the technology for achieving the climate protection goals. This also gave the mobility projects in the NIP a strong boost. In 2021, we will take a further significant step towards commercializing the technology, particularly with the reorganization and increased funding in the area of commercial vehicles and fuels. “
On behalf of EnergieAgentur.NRW, which has been organizing the German Hydrogen Congress for many years together with the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, Dr. Thomas Kattenstein, Head of Fuel Cell and Hydrogen, Electromobility: “We are pleased that we can support the NRW Ministry of Economic Affairs in implementing the ambitious goals in the NRW Hydrogen Roadmap. We will continue to do this in 2021 through project initiations, working groups and specialist workshops with our network partners. In addition to the applications such as fuel cell buses, trucks and inland waterways, the required infrastructure and hydrogen generation are also considered. In addition, we continue to support and advise the many municipal players in North Rhine-Westphalia who are driving hydrogen projects. “
The German Hydrogen General Assembly is organized by NOW GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and EnergyAgency.NRW on behalf of the Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. The cooperation partner of the event is the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV).