The Issue of Hydrogen Imports - cruh21 Presents Solutions at the TransHyDE Parliamentary Evening in Berlin

In order to make the German energy system climate-neutral by 2045, there is considerable demand for green hydrogen and derivatives. A large proportion of this demand will have to be covered by ship imports, especially in the initial phase. The problem here is not so much finding suitable export countries, but rather the timely availability of an appropriate terminal import infrastructure. Although terminals are already being planned for the import of hydrogen-based energy sources up to 2030, it is questionable whether the import capacities planned to date will be sufficient for the assumed ship-based import requirements up to 2030 and whether these will be available in time. 

Cäcilia Gätsch from cruh21 on the LNG Acceleration Act

So what to do? As with the LNG Acceleration Act, legal acceleration measures are also needed for the development of hydrogen-based import terminals.  Cäcilia Gätsch explains what these could look like in her keynote speech. The decisive factor here would be the climate protection effect of the imported energy source. Only if this contributes to climate protection is the accelerated expansion of import terminals and the associated cuts in the legal process justified.  

TransHyDE Coordinators with Exciting Keynotes on Hydrogen and Infrastructure

TransHyDE Coordinator and cruh21 Managing Director Jimmie Langham and TransHyDE Coordinator Prof Dr Mario Ragwitz from Fraunhofer IEG also gave keynote speeches. Jimmie Langham emphasised the challenges and needs of the industry in planning the pipeline and non-pipeline hydrogen transport infrastructure. Prof Dr Mario Ragwitz gave an overview of possible hydrogen import paths and the requirements for the corresponding infrastructure. Dorothea Müschenborn from the Max Plack Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion moderated the evening. Parliamentarians from the relevant specialised committees of the Bundestag were invited.

TransHyDE Informs and Researches

The parliamentary evening marked the start of the TransHyDE event. However, the TransHyDE team is also working on many other things. Among other things, it published a brief analysis of the H2 Acceleration Act in October. Under the leadership of Cäcilia Gätsch and Benita Stalmann from cruh21, the legal measures to accelerate the expansion of H2 import terminals were analysed in collaboration with 15 partners. The short analysis can be found under this link.

We would like to thank everyone involved for this great evening and look forward to the next time!

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