Hydrogen and Power-to-X in the focus of the joint Parliamentary Evening:Building new value chains


Around 200 representatives from politics, business, science and the media exchanged views on hydrogen yesterday evening at the FAZ Forum during a joint Parliamentary Evening of the associations DVGW, VDMA and VKU. The discussions focused on the question of what contribution hydrogen and the gas infrastructure in Germany can make to the energy turnaround.

Prof. Dr. Gerald Linke, Chairman of the Board of the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW):
"Hydrogen is the energy carrier of the future. As a necessary building block for the success of the energy turnaround, climate-neutral gas is indispensable, particularly because it can be used in the heat market, electricity market and mobility sectors. Hydrogen is also the connecting element between the electricity and gas networks by allowing more renewable energy to be absorbed, chemically converted, stored and released as needed. The existing gas infrastructure must be upgraded and made hydrogen-compatible, and initial field tests have been positive. Green gases such as hydrogen now finally need legally anchored targets and a market opening. In addition, the implementation must follow quickly after the hydrogen strategy of the Federal Government, which will hopefully be available soon".

Matthias Zelinger, climate and energy policy spokesman for the VDMA (German Engineering Federation):
"Hydrogen and other Power-to-X products are clearly foreseeable as a major building block for solving the major tasks in climate protection. The mechanical and plant engineering industry is working hard to develop the appropriate technologies to meet its responsibilities. Particularly in sectors that are difficult to decarbonize and in its function as an energy storage medium, hydrogen and power-to-x are indispensable for extensive climate neutrality. We are therefore committed to the development of an industrialized, competitive and global market for hydrogen and Power-to-X. In the future, we will also import energy based on Power-to-X on a large scale from abroad, and this will create great opportunities for German industry: As a supplier and exporter of technologies and plants, Germany can profit considerably from an international market upturn and strengthen global trade relations.

Michael Wübbels, deputy managing director of the Verband kommunaler Unternehmen e.V. (VKU):
"According to current estimates, hydrogen can make a significant contribution to supporting the achievement of climate protection goals in all economic sectors. Municipal utilities are often pioneers who lead the way with hydrogen projects. They have an important advantage here: Locally anchored, they know the areas that can be addressed for hydrogen use, the needs of their customers and have the necessary energy infrastructures. In order for hydrogen production to gain momentum, a comprehensive reform of the system of levies, taxes and charges for the entire energy system must take place. This is an important prerequisite for the development and implementation of a hydrogen strategy. Green hydrogen would be competitive with conventional fuels."