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Germany contemplates Africa to promote clean energy

The ‘Hydrogen Strategy’ (German: Wasserstoffstrategie) was ratified by the German Parliament and € 9 billion was earmarked for its implementation. Of this amount, 2 billion are used to finance partnerships abroad.

From the perspective of the German government, Southern Europe and Africa are seen as preferred destinations since hydrogen production is more efficient in these geographies. The objective is to install production units 'made in Germany', while storage processes are developed so that hydrogen can be transported worldwide with cost efficiencies.

The concept is based on the principle of equipping producing countries with an asset for sustainable export at an environmental level, while Germany reduces the level of CO2 emissions in its energy mix.

The use of hydrogen as an energy source finds the greatest potential in means of transport whose mobility is difficult to achieve electrically because of incompatibilities with the necessary battery size. Ships, planes, trucks or trains will be the main beneficiaries of this technology, although Germany also wants to bet on cars. There are currently 100 hydrogen filling stations in the country, and the aim is to expand the network.

In general, the German Government warns that hydrogen production is still too expensive and that there is a long way to go. However, the objective of this strategy is precisely to develop the technology to make hydrogen production commercially viable, and to make Germany the leading country in this field.

The full document is available on the website of the German Ministry of Economy and Energy through this link: https://www.bmwi.de/Redaktion/DE/Publikationen/Energie/die-nationale-wasserstoffstrategie.html

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