Berlin--On the recent adoption of the National Hydrogen Strategy by the Federal Cabinet, Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President and Head of the Wind Business Unit at Vattenfall commented:
“The National Hydrogen Strategy is a milestone for more climate protection and innovation. Green hydrogen is energy storage, fuel for the transport sector, and raw material in the industry at the same time. This now sets the course for further decarbonization of these sectors. A market for European green hydrogen can now develop, but this must be flanked by the further expansion of renewable energies. Only green electrons from renewables supply this green hydrogen.It is also an important and correct signal on the part of the federal government that Germany is relying on sustainable growth and new technologies to overcome the corona crisis. The industry is ready to implement these innovations for more climate protection. ”
About Vattenfall’s hydrogen strategy
For Vattenfall, hydrogen technology is an essential element for more climate protection and contributes to enabling a fossil-free life within a generation. Together with the Swedish steel group SSAB and the mining group LKAB, Vattenfall is currently building the world’s first pilot plant for fossil-free steel production using hydrogen in Luleå in northern Sweden. The plant will go into operation in summer 2020. The HYBRIT (Hydrogen Breakthrough Ironmaking Technology) project can reduce total Swedish CO2 emissions by up to 10 percent.
In addition to the steel industry, Vattenfall is investigating other industrial processes in which green hydrogen can make a significant contribution to reducing CO2. This applies, among other things, to the use of hydrogen in refineries, in cement production and for the production of raw materials in the chemical industry.