2nd National Hydrogen Economic Forum in Hamburg was "a bit like a family reunion"

2nd National Hydrogen Economic Forum in Hamburg was "a bit like a family reunion".

On 24 May 2023, the thought leaders, pioneers and key figures of the hydrogen economy met at the 2nd National Hydrogen Business Forum in Hamburg. This important industry meeting served to assess the status quo, discuss national and global challenges and accelerate the implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy. 

The event, held in the impressive domed hall of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg, had a family feel. Jimmie Langham, Managing Director of cruh21, noted that the meeting was reminiscent of a former AquaVentus family reunion. This comment underscores the close-knit community that has formed around the hydrogen initiative. Cruh21, originally started as the coordination office of the AquaVentus initiative, now finds itself at the centre of developments on green hydrogen.  

One of the central themes of the forum was hydrogen itself and its key role in the national climate protection and decarbonisation strategy. Skiba aptly remarked that "a kW of hydrogen is as expensive as a kilo of asparagus", illustrating the current cost situation and the urgency of optimising the entire hydrogen value chain. 

An important milestone announced at the Forum was the decision of the Federal Cabinet to create a core hydrogen network. Previously it was called the start-up network. Raider" became "Twix".  

The 2nd National Hydrogen Business Forum provided a successful platform for the exchange of ideas, discussions and strategic considerations, found Jimmie Langham, Managing Director of cruh21. With the hanseatic flair of the Hotel Hafen Hamburg and the Business Club Hamburg, the organisers gave a perfect atmosphere for this familiar and valuable exchange.  

Jimmie Langham summarises: "The WFW provided important impulses for the further development of the hydrogen economy and strengthened optimism about the role of hydrogen in a climate-neutral future. We look forward to further developments in the coming weeks and months."  


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