Wiener Stadwerke joins a European alliance for the production of green hydrogen. Wiener Stadtwerke wants to offer everything from a single source, from provision to transport to refueling.
“We are already actively working on the city of the future in order to counter the climate crisis. We offer everything from a single source, from the provision of hydrogen to the transport to the refueling of hydrogen. Joining the hydrogen alliance and exchanging ideas with like-minded people from Europe is a logical step for us, ”says the deputy general director of Wiener Stadtwerke, Peter Weinelt, about Wiener Stadtwerke’s entry into the“ European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen ”. Wiener Stadtwerke recently attracted attention with its hydrogen bus pilot project. The hydrogen for this is supplied by Wien Energie, the filling station is provided by Wiener Netze and the bus is ultimately operated by Wiener Linien – all three companies belong to Wiener Stadtwerke.
Use hydrogen today where it is possible
Wiener Stadtwerke is currently working on a hydrogen strategy for Vienna. “We want to achieve the energy transition and use hydrogen as quickly as possible where it is already possible today. In the short term, that means public transport, ”said the general director of Wiener Stadtwerke, Martin Krajcsir. Ten Wiener Linien buses are expected to be in regular service by the end of 2024. But not only the public transport should be changed. “From heating to transport – in the medium term almost any area of application is conceivable. Our goal is to speed things up and get things done. We need environmentally friendly alternatives for a climate-neutral Europe ”, said Krajcsir.
Energy teamwork for the efficient use of resources
It is not just the pure use of hydrogen that is forward-looking for Weinelt, the forms of energy must also work together as a team. The conversion of forms of energy with one another is essential for a climate-neutral future. “The conversion of household waste into district heating is an example of successful energy teamwork. It’s about efficiently converting and using the required type of energy at the right time, ”says Weinelt. In this area, too, hydrogen can show promise.
The European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen
The European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen was founded in July by the European Commission. The aim of the alliance is a clean and competitive hydrogen industry from and for Europe and an ambitious use of hydrogen by 2030. “Hydrogen has enormous potential. We want to use this by gradually implementing hydrogen in everyday energy use – from production to consumption, we are at the forefront, ”said Weinelt.
More information about the European alliance for clean hydrogen is available at https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/policy/european-clean-hydrogen-alliance_en