German-French hydrogen project in sight

At the German-French Council of Ministers in Paris, it is expected that a project to produce green hydrogen will be considered.

In addressing decarbonization, the historic alliance is looking to the future, Siemens Energy’s Houcine Hamdi said on Wednesday in Paris. In particular, it concerns a partnership between Siemens Energy and Air Liquide that has one of the biggest hydrogen manufacturing facilities in the world under construction in Normandy.

Both businesses declared that they will start mass-producing electrolysis modules, also known as stacks, in Berlin as early as June 2022. To create hydrogen, these are required. Berlin is set to start production in the second half of this year. The stacks will subsequently be put together in France and used in Port-Jérôme, which is close to the English Channel, for a sizable hydrogen production facility. The target, according to Hamdi, is a 200-megawatt capacity. By the end of 2025, this might be accomplished.

Hydrogen generation requires a lot of energy. Hydrogen must be produced from renewable energy sources in order to be referred to as green hydrogen. The issue of how much hydrogen is produced using low-emission nuclear power qualifies as “green hydrogen” and could be a source of contention between France and Germany.

The entire cabinet, along with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), is anticipated in Paris on Sunday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of German-French friendship. The joint Council of Ministers, which was unexpectedly canceled in October, will also be reconvened on this occasion. The Elysée has stated that specific announcements should be anticipated.

The Federal Chancellor and French President Emmanuel Macron will attend a ceremony of both parliaments in the morning at Paris’s Sorbonne University. Following that, the two governments will meet at the Elysée Palace. The war in Ukraine will also be discussed, along with collaboration on European, economic, and international concerns. The German-French Defense and Security Council will meet as well. Around 17.00, Scholz and Macron plan to appear in public together.

The Élysée Treaty, which is regarded as the cornerstone of the friendship between the two nations, was signed by the French and German governments on January 22, 1963.

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