Germany’s Federal Ministry of Economics BMWi and the Federal Ministry of Transport BMVI have selected 62 large scale hydrogen projects, which are to be state-funded as part of a joint European hydrogen project Important Project of Common European Interest IPCEI. The EUR 8 billion is made up of federal and state funds. Around EUR 4.4 billion comes from the Federal Ministry of Economics and up to EUR 1.4 billion from the Federal Ministry of Transport. The remaining funds are made available by the federal states. Investments totalling EUR 33 billion are to be triggered, including more than EUR 20 billion from private investors. The lion’s share of the funding will be directed towards building electrolysers and hydrogen pipelines. Germany’s major steel manufacturers will receive EUR 2 billion between them in funding for hydrogen related decarbonisation projects.

The 62 major hydrogen projects were selected from more than 230 project outlines received and represent the entire value chain of the hydrogen market. In the BMWi department, 50 project outlines were selected. These include project sketches for generation plants that together comprise more than 2 gigawatts of electrolysis capacity for the production of green hydrogen. This corresponds to 40% of the target set in the National Hydrogen Strategy of 5 gigawatts by 2030.

Hydrogen pipeline projects will advance with a total length of around 1,700 km. A particularly large amount of emissions can be saved in the CO2-intensive steel industry. ArcelorMittal, Stahl Holding Saar, Salzgitter Stahl and Thyssenkrupp Steel have submitted investment projects.

A number of innovative projects in the chemical industry use the CO2-free production of hydrogen for the production of ammonia or synthetic fuels for freight or air traffic.

The Federal Ministry of Transport is funding 12 projects in the mobility sector. These concern the development and manufacture of fuel cell systems and vehicles, from cars to trucks to municipal vehicles.

In addition, for example, the development of a nationwide and cross-border networked hydrogen refuelling infrastructure is being promoted. Also, the aerospace and maritime sector is addressed.


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