Jimmie Langham at "Green Hydrogen Generation, Transport And Application: German-Italian Perspectives On The Energy Transition And Hydrogen Economy"
On the 11th and 12th of October 2023, Berlin took centre stage in the realm of hydrogen technology as the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), in collaboration with the Italian Embassy, hosted the workshop "Green Hydrogen Generation, Transport and Application: German-Italian Perspectives on the Energy Transition and the Hydrogen Economy." This prestigious gathering convened experts in the field of hydrogen in a closed setting to exchange ideas, devise solutions, and participate in engaging panel discussions.
Italy as a Strong Partner in the Energy Transition
The significance of green hydrogen as a pivotal component of the energy transition and the move towards a sustainable energy future is increasingly in focus. The European Hydrogen Union plays a crucial role in realizing the vision of environmentally-friendly hydrogen. The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has had this challenge on its radar for some time and is pursuing a dedicated strategy to work out the necessary steps for a successful and sustainable European Hydrogen Union.
In this context, Italy emerges as a key player, not only as a potential production hub for green hydrogen but also as a transit country along the H2 South Corridor. Furthermore, Italy assumes a significant role as a research hub in hydrogen technology, making it a strategically important partner for Germany in the context of hydrogen development and application.
Welcome Address and Panels by Esteemed Hydrogen Experts
Following a welcoming address by the Minister for Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, and the Italian Minister for University and Research, Anna Maria Bernini, a panel discussion on "Hydrogen Strategies in Germany and Italy" took place. Subsequently, exemplary projects from Germany and Italy were introduced and discussed. Of particular interest was the panel led by Jimmie Langham, our CEO. Alongside Cara Bien, Matteo Lualdi, and Luigi Crema, he delved into the captivating theme of "From the Mediterranean to Southern Germany - A Future Hydrogen Corridor." This discussion shed light on the potential connections between the Mediterranean region and Southern Germany within the context of a hydrogen corridor designed to propel the green hydrogen economy forward.
The event in Berlin provided a crucial platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration between Germany and Italy in the field of hydrogen technology. Given the growing importance of hydrogen for Europe's and the world's energy future, the workshop underscores the determination of both countries to contribute to a sustainable Hydrogen Union.