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Germany: Federal Government Wants to Make Hydrogen Cheaper

By March 15, 2020 2   min read  (209 words)

March 15, 2020 |

Berlin (dts) — The federal government wants to make the use of hydrogen from renewable energies more competitive through lower prices in order to advance climate protection. 

One wants to check “whether electricity used for the production of green hydrogen can largely be exempt from taxes, duties, and levies,” says the draft for the “National Hydrogen Strategy”, about which the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung” (FAS) reports. The cabinet is expected to approve the concept on March 25, the newspaper said.

Federal Ministry of Education and Research Anja Karliczek said that this could give the energy source a powerful boost. “I want a hydrogen economy that produces affordable energy and arrives in the wallet of the citizens,” said the CDU politician.

So far, the high price of electricity required for production has been one of the biggest obstacles to wider use. When hydrogen is burned, only water vapor is generated, which is why it is considered a climate-neutral alternative to fossil fuels. It could replace part of the coal in the steel industry and is used as a raw material in the chemical industry. It is also suitable as a fuel for trucks, ships or planes that cannot be operated with batteries. Use in cars as an alternative to electric drives is controversial.

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