Germany could be leader for green hydrogen by 2030

Germany could deliver almost 28GW of green hydrogen electrolyser capacity by 2030, according to a survey by the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV).

DWV conducted a survey among its members to determine the potential supply capacities for electrolysers for green hydrogen production by 2030.

According to the companies, a maximum supply capacity of 16.25GW a year is possible in 2025, and by 2030 it will be 27.8GW.

Germany has set a goal of achieving actual electrolysis capacity of 10GW by 2030.

“The result of the DWV market survey shows that this assumption can be exceeded,” the trade group said.

It added that analysis of the survey results indicates turnover of €13.1bn in 2030 and approximately 65,800 jobs can be created as a result.

The companies that took part in the survey were Elogen, ITM Power/Linde, MAN Energy Solutions/H-TEC Systems, McPhy Energy Deutschland, Siemens Energy, Sunfire, and Thyssenkrupp Nucera.

DWV chief executive Werner Diwald said: “The facts are clear: Green hydrogen could secure a decisive part of Germany’s future renewable energy supply much faster and in significantly larger quantities than previously assumed by politicians.”

Earlier this month, Germany said it aims to fulfil all its electricity needs with supplies from renewable sources by 2035, compared to its previous target to abandon fossil fuels “well before 2040,” according to reports.

Europe’s leading economy has been under pressure from other Western nations to become less dependent on Russian gas, but its plans to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 and to shut its nuclear power plants by end-2022 have considerably reduced its room for manoeuvre.

Germany’s economy minister Robert Habeck has described the accelerated capacity expansion for renewable energy as a key element in making the country less dependent on Russian fossil fuel supplies.

An amendment to the country’s Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) is apparently nearly ready which proposes that the country’s share of wind or solar power should reach 80% by 2030.

By then, Germany’s onshore wind energy capacity should double to up to 110 gigawatts (GW), offshore wind energy should reach 30 GW – arithmetically the capacity of 10 nuclear plants – and solar energy would more than triple to 200 GW, the proposal suggests.

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