In the coming ten years, Germany and Norway intend to facilitate major hydrogen imports. During his visit to Norway this week, Federal Economics Minister Robert Habeck hopes to sign a joint statement on the issue. On Thursday and Friday, the Green politician will meet with business people and undertake political discussions there.
Norway and Germany want to reiterate their aim to secure a significant supply of hydrogen with the appropriate infrastructure from Norway to Germany by 2030, according to the Federal Ministry of Economics on Tuesday. The use of hydrogen as an energy source holds great promise for the environmentally responsible restructuring of the economy.
There are discussions taking place regarding the potential building of a hydrogen pipeline. The results of a feasibility study ought to be accessible by spring, said the ministry. Germany aims to import ‘green hydrogen’ in the medium term. Its manufacture utilizes renewable energy sources, and carbon dioxide emissions that harm the environment are minimized. Less eco-friendly hydrogen should only be used for a “short transition time,” the ministry says.
After a “short transition time,” green hydrogen
According to the government, citing a network of infrastructure operators called the European Hydrogen Backbone, Norway has the capacity to create up to 50 terawatt hours of green hydrogen by 2030 and 150 terawatt hours by 2040. Norway’s own consumption is anticipated to be modest at the same time.
A strategic relationship in the fields of climate, renewable energy, and green industry is another goal shared by Germany and Norway. The economic separation from the use of fossil fuels is the shared objective. The relationship needs to be highlighted in a work plan for the energy sector, such as grids for offshore wind farms. Additionally, cooperation needs to be stepped up in key value chains including microelectronics and raw materials.