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Hydrogen roadmap - combine climate protection and value creation

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Hydrogen roadmap - combine climate protection and value creation




Renewables 2020 - IEA Analysis & Forecast to 2025



In May 2020, the IEA market update on renewable energy provided an analysis that looked at the impact of Covid-19 on renewable energy deployment in 2020 and 2021. This early assessment showed that the Covid-19 crisis is hurting – but not halting – global renewable energy growth. Half a year later, the pandemic continues to affect the global economy and daily life. However, renewable markets, especially electricity-generating technologies, have already shown their resilience to the crisis. Renewables 2020 provides detailed analysis and forecasts through 2025 of the impact of Covid-19 on renewables in the electricity heat and transport sectors.




Containing the advancing climate crisis is a huge challenge. At the same time, however, it also offers us the opportunity to make our economy ecological and sustainable. Hydrogen will play a central role here. Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can in particular contribute to making the energy supply, mobility and industrial production of the future more climate-friendly. Of course, this is only possible with “green” hydrogen, which is generated from renewable electricity. Hydrogen offers great economic potential, especially for Europe as a business location: the plants and technologies for hydrogen can be developed and produced here. We assume that tens of thousands of new jobs and revenues in the billions can be created in Europe by 2030. With the watermaterial roadmap, we are now presenting a structured roadmap for the development and expansion of the hydrogen industry in Europe.



In Europe there are many highly specialized and internationally renowned companies in mechanical and plant engineering as well as leading research institutions in the field of Hydrogen and fuel cell technology based. This structure offers excellent Requirements to help shape the expected market ramp-up of the technologies and thus to create and secure new jobs.


Pioneering role in hydrogen


We have the ambition to establish the potential in the leading pioneering role in hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Europe wants to be a pioneer on both continental and international levels. To this end, the infrastructure is to be expanded, research promoted and companies supported. This roadmap is intended to show the essential fundamentals for the "number 1 technology location". Now it is time to follow this roadmap. This can can only be achieved together - with the experienced players from business, science and associations, but also the young start-ups that enter the market with bold and innovative ideas enrich.



Climate change

CO2 emissions

Limiting climate change by reducing global CO2 emissions is one the central challenges of the 21st century. This requires a profound restructuring of our energy systems and a far-reaching conversion to innovative and emission-free Technologies necessary in all sectors.


Causes and Effects of Climate Change | National Geographic



What causes climate change (also known as global warming)? And what are the effects of climate change?

Learn the human impact and consequences of climate change for the environment, and our lives.



The planet is warming, from North Pole to South Pole. Since 1906, the global average surface temperature has increased by more than 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) - even more in sensitive polar regions. And the impacts of rising temperatures aren’t waiting for some far-flung future–the effects of global warming are appearing right now. The heat is melting glaciers and sea ice, shifting precipitation patterns, and setting animals on the move.



Many people think of global warming and climate change as synonyms, but scientists prefer to use “climate change” when describing the complex shifts now affecting our planet’s weather and climate systems. Climate change encompasses not only rising average temperatures but also extreme weather events, shifting wildlife populations and habitats, rising seas, and a range of other impacts. All of these changes are emerging as humans continue to add heat-trapping greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.



Technologies & fuel cells

the energy transition

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can contribute significantly in the medium to long term contribute to achieving the climate protection goals. Hydrogen as an energy carrier is in the sectors of power generation, industry, traffic and heating directly or in the form of hydrogenbased synthetic fuels. It can also be saved. Thus is suitable Hydrogen for sector coupling, which will become very important for the implementation of the energy transition in the medium to long term. For this, the technological and regulatory Foundations are laid, with the aim of gradually advancing hydrogen technologies establish.



Green Hydrogen




Robert Bosch GmbH plans to spend several hundred million euros to make fuel cells with technology from Ceres Power Holdings Plc. in the U.K. The move will see the German automotive-parts supplier develop a manufacturing capacity of 200 megawatts per year of fuel cells by 2024 for the niche technology that’s so far mostly been deployed in the U.S. and Asia, Ceres said in a statement.


low-carbon power

The technology could form part of a growing trend to find ways to provide dependable, low-carbon power generation to complement intermittent renewable sources. Bosch, which owns about 18% of Ceres, agreed to use the technology after conducting a roughly two-year pilot phase. The 200 megawatts of production will be spread out between factories in Bamberg, Wernau and Homburg. Ceres said it expects to make around 23 million pounds ($30.5 million) on the deal from 2021 to 2023. Shares in Ceres soared as much as 12% in London on the news. While most fuel cells in the world are used for vehicles, there is a growing market to use them for power generation as well.


Technology marketed by Ceres

The market for stationary fuel cell applications grew to 240 megawatts in 2018, up from 148 megawatts in 2014, according to BloombergNEF. The technology marketed by Ceres can use either natural gas or hydrogen. With natural gas as the fuel, the machine separates out the hydrogen first before using it to make electricity. That means the machines could be plugged into the gas grid to deploy for flexible power generation now and later be switched to run on hydrogen produced from renewable power as that becomes cheaper and more widely available.


“If you think that to meet our carbon targets we have to electrify most of society, you’re going to need flexible power generation that can do that in a net zero way and that’s exactly what fuel cells do,”

said Phil Caldwell, Ceres Power’s chief executive officer.

Bosch said it sees a variety of applications for the fuel cells such as in cities, factories, data centers and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.


What Is Green Hydrogen And Will It Power The Future?



Hydrogen is a clean-burning molecule, meaning that it can help to decarbonize a range of sectors that have proved hard to clean up in the past. But today, most hydrogen is produced from CO2-emitting fossil fuels. Hydrogen produced from renewable electricity, known as green hydrogen, could be the solution to cutting our carbon footprint. But first, it must overcome a number of challenges.



green technologies


Hydrogen and the technologies required for it offer great potential for industrial and technology locations in Europe. Conventional technologies should be used worldwide be replaced by new, "green" technologies, which means structural change. Also Europe is affected by this structural change. It is a challenge, but it also offers great opportunities for the every country to maintain its current economic efficiency and international competitiveness and to further expand it through existing research and technology expertise as well as innovation. Hydrogen and the technologies required for it are therefore also the focus of the future fields identified by the innovation strategy Europe.


Industrialization through hydrogen

transfer of knowledge

The maintenance and expansion of jobs in Europe should be supported by the industrialization of mobile and stationary hydrogen and fuel cell applications. By networking and clustering the actors in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in the development of systems for generation, storage securing and using hydrogen competitive advantages. Have to Research and development projects for the industrialization and market activation of the technologies are promoted and the transfer of knowledge is stimulated and supported through studies, cooperation, training and further education and events.


Lighthouse projects

technological position

The continuation of existing and the implementation of further lighthouse projects as well as the continuation and initiation of targeted funding programs can create incentives for the development and rapid dissemination of production, storage and usable capacities. The aim is to support european companies in developing their leading technological position in the to assert international competition. The ramp-up of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies can also be advanced and realized through digitization.


Opportunities of the hydrogen



Some of the world’s largest companies are exploring hydrogen as a potential solution to growing energy needs. WSJ’s Neanda Salvaterra investigates whether harnessing the most abundant element in the universe can really mark the end of the fossil fuel era. Photo/Video: Jaden Urbi/The Wall Street Journal



research and development

Europe recognized the opportunities of the hydrogen economy early on and achieved important results in research and development as well as in the application area. The country has an exceptionally large variety of highly qualified research institutions, Colleges and universities as well as highly innovative companies along the Value chain (SMEs and global players) that cooperate in tried and tested networks. Important projects have been carried out or started. Europe can build on this successful basis today.



Hydrogen Strategy

global business

The federal government published its national hydrogen strategy in June 2020. For Europe is about the opportunities formulated there for hydrogen and fuel cells to implement and use lent technologies at the state level in order to become one of the leading global business locations. The framework conditions for this are given, in particular because of the existing european industrial structure in the an layer and mechanical engineering.


Hydrogen Roadmap

EU strategy

The european hydrogen roadmap builds on the national hydrogen strategy and the EU strategy as an essential basis of the planned Action on. With the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, the state government is taking up the ball and setting the measures adapted for Europe and its companies and research institutions. In addition, a separate roadmap was created for reFuels, which, among other things, addresses the special requirements, market conditions, infrastructures and value creation potential of synthetic fuels.


Hydrogen Enabler of the Green Revolution



Renewable Hydrogen can transform the world as we know it right now. In this documentary we will find out the significance of green hydrogen and its role in meeting climate objectives, including the decarbonisation of those applications that cannot be directly electrified (industry, aviation, shipping).



Synthetic Fuels

hydrogen strategy 2020

In 2020 the hydrogen strategy was published. It is important for Europe to implement and use the opportunities for hydrogen and fuel cell technologies formulated there at the state level in order to become one of the to become leading global business locations. The framework conditions for this are given, in particular because of the existing European industrial structure in plant and mechanical engineering. The European hydrogen Roadmap builds on the national hydrogen strategy as well as the EU strategy as an essential basis for the planned measures. With the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, the state government is taking up the ball and determining the measures adapted for Europe and its companies and research institutions. In addition, a separate roadmap for reFuels was created, which, among other things, addresses the special requirements, market conditions, infrastructures and value creation potential of synthetic fuels.


Points of Action

hydrogen economy

In the Hydrogen Roadmap Europe, the main points of action are named, the goals are defined and backed up with measures. An accompanying participation process was carried out for the development of the roadmap in order to take into account the perspectives of stakeholders and experts. This constructive exchange with companies Research institutions, associations and other stakeholders will be part of the Implementation of the developed goals continued. The state government will take further approaches develop and transform the successful transition to a hydrogen economy actively support industry.



The Hydrogen Economy is Coming



The Hydrogen economy can easily be witnessed both on land and sea. At sea, an open sea cargo system will safely deliver large volumes of hydrogen. On land, low-maintenance hydrogen fuel cells are used as backup power solutions.



Potential of hydrogen

Europe in 2030

According to the study published in 2020, this results for Europe in 2030 “Potential of hydrogen and fuel cell technology in Europe, a sales potential through these technologies of unimagined potential. The focus of the european hydrogen and fuel cell industry is on manufacturing of components and sub-systems with an advantageous sales potential growth. We have to develop this enormous economic potential. To do this, we need demonstration projects, successful technology transfer and innovation funding.






Raw materials are crucial to the economy. They form a strong industrial base in which a wide range of goods and applications of daily life as well as modern technologies are produced. Reliable and unhindered access to certain raw materials froms worldwide a upcoming challenge to be solved. Analytical thinking, goal-oriented approaches and the fascination of "out of the box thinking" enables me to channel challenges in the daily business into opportunities and to create benefits where nobody expects them. I'm fascinated by the impossible and always motivated to initiate and realize them through innovative and creative approaches. 






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