With the change of administrations and national governments in the United States and Germany in 2021, both countries are assuming stronger global leadership positions focused on reducing carbon emissions. One of the most promising developments in the race towards climate neutrality is the increasingly central role hydrogen is playing. This focus on hydrogen’s potential has led to setting ambitious goals, which can make hydrogen a competitive energy source and a base material for industrial processes. Whether the topic is hydrogen production, delivery, storage, conversion, end-use applications, supply chain, standards, or workforce development, asking the right questions and collaborating on key issues are vital parts of navigating the complexity of this rapidly evolving field.
German policymakers recognise the importance of global cooperation to successfully bring down prices and create new value chains for hydrogen. Therefore, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action invited U.S. stakeholders to a virtual knowledge exchange in April 2022. The goal of the exchange was to better understand and navigate the policy needs of a successful market ramp-up of hydrogen as well as to identify collaboration areas in research and project implementation.
This virtual trip is part of a broader effort to strengthen cooperation on energy and climate issues between Germany and the United States as well as to encourage the exchange of ideas and promote policy and technological expertise.
KEY FEATURES OF THE VIRTUAL TOUR
- Presentations on the regulatory, technical, and economic issues related to utilising hydrogen in Germany.
- Presentation of flagship projects and how they fit into Germany’s hydrogen strategy.
- Peer-to-peer knowledge exchanges and virtual networking opportunities with policymakers, researchers, and industry professionals to advance hydrogen deployment.
- Moderated group discussions and workshops aiming to turn knowledge into action.