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Germany: SPD Parliamentary Group Wants to Double the Amount of Hydrogen

By May 13, 2020 2   min read  (289 words)

May 13, 2020 |

Hydrogen is a key technological competence globally.

Düsseldorf – The SPD parliamentary group calls for more ambitious expansion targets for hydrogen technology in Germany. 

This emerges from a decision paper of the parliamentary group, which was adopted in the meeting of the deputies on Tuesday and which is available at the “Rheinische Post” in Düsseldorf (Wednesday).

Accordingly, the so-called electrolysis capacity of hydrogen with electricity from renewable energies is to be increased to at least 10 gigawatts (GW) by 2030, as the paper says.

“We finally need a committed National Hydrogen Strategy from the Federal Minister of Economics,” said SPD parliamentary group member Matthias Miersch of the “Rheinische Post”. “The draft is being pushed in the cabinet from week to week because the Federal Minister of Economics is on the brakes and wants a maximum of 3 to 5 gigawatts of electrolysis power.”

The federal government’s hydrogen strategy is only known in draft versions. The Ministry of Economy, Environment, and Research are arguing over which types of hydrogen are to be promoted and where they should be used.

In order to support companies and producers, the SPD parliamentary group proposes financial support “at least until the electrolysis capacity reaches 10 GW”. A reform of taxes, levies, and charges, the socially responsible reform of the special equalization scheme or funds from the energy and climate fund, “if necessary also in combination with one another,” could be considered.

Hydrogen is a key technological competence in global terms, in which German companies are current leaders, said SPD parliamentary group leader Sören Bartol. “The ambitious tactics of the Ministry of Economic Affairs endanger the central future competence of the German industry and prevent the climate goals from being achieved,” said Bartol.

Source: dts news agency

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