Bad Soden, Germany–According to the national and European hydrogen strategy, hydrogen should play a central role in the energy system of tomorrow.
The implementation takes place at the state level. Seven leading Hessian companies have therefore come together and are offering the state government support in setting up a Hessian hydrogen economy. This also includes cooperation in the design of a technology-open and cross-sector hydrogen strategy for Hesse.
The partners Heraeus Precious Metals GmbH & Co. KG, Infraserv GmbH & Co. Höchst KG, Mainova AG, Messer Group GmbH, Opel Automobile GmbH, Rhein-Main-Verkehrsverbund GmbH and Viessmann Deutschland GmbH want to become a leading location together with the state politics of Hessen develop hydrogen in the future technology.
From the perspective of the companies involved, hydrogen has enormous potential. On the one hand, it can make a significant contribution to the decarbonization of Hesse, as it can replace fossil fuels in several sectors – electricity, heat, industry and transport – and thus make a significant contribution to achieving climate neutrality by 2050. On the other hand, the development of a hydrogen economy opens up great growth opportunities for the Hessian economy.
From the perspective of the partners, four areas are central to the success of a hydrogen strategy. First, the supply of hydrogen, for example through production in Hesse. Second, the distribution of hydrogen through the use of existing transport and distribution networks. Thirdly, the cross-sectoral use of hydrogen in as many areas as possible. And fourth, the expansion of research and development in relation to hydrogen.
In addition, the participating companies consider two factors to be essential with regard to the content of the hydrogen strategy. In the production of the energy carrier, until a green hydrogen economy is achieved, the focus should be on technology openness. Because in view of the upcoming decarbonization, the climate protection potential of blue and turquoise hydrogen should also be used. At the same time, from the point of view of the partners, hydrogen is indispensable in the long term in addition to industry and transport, also in the grid-based energy industry and in the building sector.
Stefan Messer, owner and CEO of the Messer Group GmbH, says: “We focus on the development of technologies that make our customers’ production processes more efficient and environmentally friendly. This also includes green hydrogen. As the world’s largest privately owned industrial gases specialist based in Hesse It is a matter of course for us to effectively support the country on its way to climate neutrality. “