The German Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier presented the draft for the national hydrogen strategy. The paper contains 31 measures designed to help Germany lead the way in international competition.
Germany has the chance to play a pioneering role in the development and export of hydrogen technologies in international competition,” emphasize the authors of the hydrogen strategy available to Handelsblatt and Spiegel.
One focus is on a „competitive supplier industry”: The federal government wants to promote zero-emission vehicles in municipal transport more intensively. The portal electrive.net reports that 900 million euros for commercial vehicles and 600 million euros for buses should be available for funding for H2 cars.
At an entrepreneur talk by the Institute of North German Business and the business associations on the subject of hydrogen, Minister Bernd Althusmann and Senator Michael Westhagemann made a first assessment of the National Hydrogen Strategy.
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Both agreed that entry into a hydrogen economy opens up the possibility for German manufacturers to acquire a technological lead in the field of hydrogen/electrolysis and to roll out industrial production, for example in engineering systems, in Germany. Overall, Althusmann and Westhagemann see the proposed measures and goals as an essential step but expect the federal government to take a correspondingly ambitious approach and therefore require the use of experimental clauses to gain the necessary experience.