06.07.2016

7th German Hydrogen Congress takes place in Berlin, attracting approximately 180 participants

Concepts for the energy transition with “hydrogen in energy, chemistry and mobility”.

Berlin, 6 July 2016 – The 7th German Hydrogen Congress takes place on 5 and 6 July 2016 at the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin, with around 180 experts attending. The main area of focus is the role of hydrogen as the forerunner for decarbonisation.

The expansion of renewable energies and thereby the promotion of the energy transition can only be successful if, besides the expansion of the networks, the technical prerequisites are created to enable the energy to be stored in sufficient quantities, thereby uncoupling the production and use of such energy in terms of both time and location. For the requisite volumes demanded, this is only possible via the use of hydrogen. Hydrogen produced using the power-to-hydrogen approach can be used for diverse applications: as a source of energy in connection with the natural gas network, for reconversion in fuel cells, as a basic chemical product and as a fuel in the transport sector.

As part of the event in the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia in Berlin on 5 and 6 July 2016, representative from business, research and politics will discuss subjects including deployment possibilities and potentials of hydrogen on the backdrop of the energy transition and the creation of new jobs in Germany as a centre for technology. Joint event organisers are EnergieAgentur.NRW (www.energieagentur.nrw), German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV – Deutsche Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Verband) (www.dwv-info.de) as well as the National Organisation for Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW).

Norbert Barthle, Parliamentary, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, in his opening address:
“Germany has established a leading position for itself internationally in the area of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The technology is an important alternative and a close-to-market-maturity supplement to battery-run vehicles – which are still limited in terms of their performance and range – for long distances, large passenger vehicles, buses and also for ships and aviation. The results of our research and development support to date are impressive: the deployment of fuel cells in mobile as well as stationary applications has largely achieved a level of suitability for everyday use and technological market maturity. The next step is to actively shape the market introduction and to support the market launch. The Federal Ministry of Transport will remain a reliable partner to business and research throughout this phase. Alone for the continuation of the National Innovation Programme, we have earmarked a further sum of 161 million euros to support projects in the mobility sector until 2018.”

Dr. Klaus Bonhoff, Managing Director of the National Organisation Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology (NOW) explained:
“We need fuel cells and batteries in order to further expand electricity-based fuels via the integration of renewable energy and to also achieve climate goals in the transportation sector. In the area of mobility with hydrogen and fuel cells, we could chalk up substantial achievements over the past years in the National Innovation Programme thanks to the concerted efforts of government, industry and science: fuel cell system costs decreased by more than 75 percent and hydrogen refuelling station costs were reduced in excess of 50 percent. We are now at the brink of the market launch. With these future measures we must establish the overall ‘infrastructure – vehicle – customer’ system.”

Dr. Frank-Michael Baumann, Managing Director of EnergieAgentur.NRW explained:
“In the planned expansion of renewable energies and the associated consequences for storage as well as climate protection, hydrogen will play a significant role in both the energy and transport sectors in the 21st century. Creating the prerequisites for this to occur is one of the main tasks of the EnergieAgentur.NRW fuel cell and hydrogen network of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was established in 2000. The network now counts over 400 members including domestic and international companies and institutes from business and research that are intensively working on the development of hydrogen and fuel cell technology as well as electric mobility. We are working together with the state and federal governments on strategies for the market introduction for these technologies.”