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International Hydrogen Symposium in Hamburg: Hamburg & Schleswig-Holstein Want to Become Hydrogen Center

By October 23, 2019 2   min read  (237 words)

October 23, 2019 |

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Hamburg (dpa / lno)— Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein want to make northern Germany the center of hydrogen technology. “We want to create something here that does not exist worldwide,” said Hamburg Economic Senator Michael Westhagemann on Wednesday at the opening of the International Hydrogen Symposium in Hamburg. 

He emphasized the importance of technology for the energy transition: “If you want to become CO2-free, you need hydrogen”.

According to the North Chamber of Commerce and Industry, sustainably produced hydrogen is currently not available in larger quantities and at competitive prices.

“However, the north, with its surplus of wind, could change that and thus cancel out the economic north-south divide,” said the chairman of the IHK Nord, Friederike C. Kühn.

“Building a green hydrogen economy is a major industrial opportunity for jobs and value creation,” said Schleswig-Holstein’s Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU) on Wednesday in Hamburg.

Hydrogen can be used to store and transport energy. The term “green” hydrogen is used when storing wind or solar energy. In May, the heads of government of Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern adopted a key issues paper on a “North German hydrogen strategy”, in which demands were also formulated for the federal government and the EU. Among other things, electricity price components such as taxes, levies and levies would have to be designed so that green hydrogen could be produced economically and competitively.

Source: German Press Agency (dpa)

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