01 Dec 2020, 14:07
Charlotte Nijhuis

Germany and Australia investigate possibilities of green ‘hydrogen bridge’

Clean Energy Wire

A joint German-Australian study will investigate the feasibility of a green hydrogen supply chain, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBFstates. The BMBF and Australian government will fund the study, which focusses on the technological, economic and regulatory possibilities of a so-called ‘hydrogen bridge’ between the two countries. “Access to green hydrogen is already highly competitive. As a country of innovation, we now have to look for suitable international partnerships," German federal research minister Anja Karliczek said. This would be "the only way" to ensure the necessary import of sustainably produced energy and to open the doors to sales markets for hydrogen technologies by German companies at an early stage, she argued.  

The study is led by the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech) and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) on the German side and the University of New South Wales on the Australian side. In June this year, Germany presented its national hydrogen strategy. Green hydrogen made with renewable electricity is considered an essential part of the energy transition, as it can reduce emission in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize otherwise, such as heavy industry and aviation.

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