Hydrogen – Magic bullet or fig leaf for the energy transition?
In the fight against climate change, hydrogen made with renewable electricity is increasingly seen as a silver bullet for sectors with particularly stubborn emissions, such as heavy industry and aviation. As one of the key drivers behind a pan-European effort, Germany has set out to become a global leader in "tomorrow's oil". The country has fleshed out this ambition in a national hydrogen strategy, which is widely considered a new chapter in its landmark energy transition. The EU has also presented an ambitious strategy.
But many key questions remain unanswered:
- Will clean hydrogen become available in sufficient amounts to have a real impact?
- Should it also be used in cars and for heating?
- To what extent should hydrogen made with controversial carbon capture and storage (CCS) be used to begin with?
- What are the economic risks and opportunities of this shift towards a hydrogen economy?
We will address these issues and many others during the web event, which is for journalists only.
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10.45 am: Check-in participants and speakers
11.00 am: Introduction & keynotes
11.45 am: Q&A
12.30 am: End of web event
Veronika Grimm is a member of Germany's council of economic experts, one of the country's most important advisory committees. She has done extensive research on the economic implications of hydrogen and is a member of Germany's freshly launched hydrogen council dedicated to supervising the implementation of the country's recent hydrogen strategy. [You can read in interview with Grimm here.]
Matthias Deutsch is a senior associate at energy transition think tank Agora Energiewende*, where he concentrates on the power sector, energy storage, and the energy transition in heating. The future role of hydrogen is a key topic in his research.
Nils Aldag is co-founder and chief commercial officer (CCO) of Sunfire, one of Germany's leading green hydrogen start-ups, where he is also in charge of electrolyser product management. Sunfire's products are made using renewable electricity and can substitute mineral oil and natural gas. [You can read a portrait of Sunfire here.]
Frequently asked questions
No, we will not record the web-event.
The web-event language is English.
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The web event will be hosted by Clean Energy Wire correspondent Sören Amelang and DWR eco* founder Doreen Rietentiet.
*Like the Clean Energy Wire, Agora Energiewende is a project funded by Stiftung Mercator and the European Climate Foundation. DWR eco also does PR work for Sunfire.