“Practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research

“Practical laboratories” for hydrogen and green energy research
Published: 20 July 2019 - 5:12 a.m.
By: Baset Asaba

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has chosen twenty energy research consortiums to be eligible for 100 million euros a year in state funds. Their selection came after a nationwide competition as part of Germany’s “Energiewende” – its transition to renewable and sustainable energies.

The grant money is intended to allow companies and universities to test out new technologies under real conditions. One focus is hydrogen.

“We aim to become the world number one in hydrogen technologies,” said Federal Economic Affairs Minister Peter Altmaier. “Hydrogen technologies offer enormous potential for the Energiewende, climate protection and new jobs. With the laboratories we’ll be able to test how new hydrogen technologies can be applied under real conditions and on an industrial scale.”

Ninety proposals were made as part of the competition, and the ministry is taking steps to expand the program. An additional 200 million euros will be available for laboratories in regions undergoing structural change. The German government plans to unveil a comprehensive “hydrogen strategy” by the end of the year.

“This initiative shows how serious Germany is about making the transition to clean energy a reality,” said Germany Trade & Invest CEO Jürgen Friedrich. “It should provide a major boost to this energy sector.”

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