Bavaria, Scotland team up on green hydrogen development
Clean Energy Wire
The German state of Bavaria and Scotland have signed an agreement aimed at the joint development of green hydrogen. The letter of intent expands cooperation on business and science. Bavarian economy minister Hubert Aiwanger and Scottish business and trade minister Ivan McKee also discussed the possibility of transporting green hydrogen from Scotland to Bavaria. The agreement sees Bavaria as an importer of green hydrogen from Scotland. In return, Bavaria plans to supply Scotland with necessary technology. The states are set to jointly plan suitable hydrogen logistics routes, including the appropriate infrastructure, certification, identification and support of joint demonstration projects. "Scotland is a politically stable European partner with a potential of 25 percent of European wind energy generation at sea,” Aiwanger said. “This can be used to produce large quantities of hydrogen.” While Bavaria is also intensifying production of its own renewable energy sources, it’s not enough to cover its needs, Aiwanger added.
The government coalition has made the ramp-up of a German and European hydrogen economy a central pillar of its energy policy. It now aims to speed up the buildout even more in order to help the country become less dependent on Russian fossil fuel imports. The agreement between Bavaria and Scotland follows a deal signed in May between Germany and India that similarly promotes cooperation on green hydrogen development.