The Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector in Baden-Württemberg, Germany is launching a new hydrogen demand analysis in partnership with relevant stakeholders.
The aim of the analysis is to provide up-to-date and reliable figures from various industries, which will be essential for the expansion and conversion of the hydrogen infrastructure. The analysis is in response to the prediction that hydrogen demand in Baden-Württemberg will be significantly higher as early as 2030 than previously assumed.
At a kick-off event in Ulm, Energy Minister Thekla Walker (Greens) emphasized the importance of the analysis, stating that “hydrogen is a central building block for the energy transition and climate protection.” The supply of green hydrogen and its connection to a national and European hydrogen network is also essential for the power supply and the competitiveness of the industrial location. In order to plan networks in and to Baden-Württemberg, the exact requirements would have to be known. The online questionnaire, which is open to all companies in the country, is at the heart of the campaign and is expected to provide valuable data for future-proof hydrogen infrastructure planning.
The success of the energy transition in the state is not a foregone conclusion, according to Jan Stefan Roell, Vice President of the Baden-Württemberg Chamber of Industry and Commerce (BWIHK) and spokesman for the BWIHK Task Force Hydrogen. He encourages all companies in Baden-Württemberg to take a closer look at hydrogen as an energy carrier and to report their own needs as part of this important campaign. With these figures, the country will be able to build and expand the necessary infrastructures in line with demand.
The analysis will involve three coordinated processes: a communication campaign with numerous on-site information events in cooperation with the regional chambers of industry and commerce, a targeted needs assessment, and a scientific analysis by the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg ZSW, with the aim of arriving at a more complete and clearer picture of the development of demand.
The analysis is part of a wider push towards clean energy and sustainability in Germany. In September 2020, Germany adopted the National Hydrogen Strategy, which aims to expand the use of hydrogen in the country and promote the production of hydrogen from renewable energy sources.
In conclusion, the hydrogen demand analysis launched by the Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection and Energy Sector in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, is a significant step towards future-proofing the hydrogen infrastructure in the region. With a clearer picture of demand, the country will be able to build and expand the necessary infrastructures in line with demand and promote the use of hydrogen as an energy carrier. This analysis is part of a wider push towards clean energy and sustainability in Germany and is expected to contribute significantly towards the country’s energy transition.