The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy has chosen twenty energy research consortiums to be eligible for €100-million a year in state funds. The selection was made following a nationwide competition as part of the country’s “Energiewende”, i.e. its transition to renewable and sustainable energies.
The grant money is intended to enable companies and universities to test out new technologies under real conditions. One focus is hydrogen. “We aim to become the world number one in hydrogen technologies,” says Peter Altmaier, the minister of federal economic affairs. “Hydrogen technologies offer enormous potential for the Energiewende, climate protection and new jobs. With the laboratories we’ll be able to test how new hydrogen technologies can be applied under real conditions and on an industrial scale.”
Ninety proposals were made as part of the competition, and the ministry is taking steps to expand the programme. An additional €200-million will be available for laboratories in regions undergoing structural change. The German government plans to unveil a comprehensive “hydrogen strategy” by the end of the year. “This initiative shows how serious Germany is about making the transition to clean energy a reality,” said Jürgen Friedrich, the CEO of Germany Trade & Invest. “It should provide a major boost to the energy sector.”
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