UK and Germany form new hydrogen fuel deal

UK and Germany form new hydrogen fuel deal

October 3, 2023 0 By Tami Hood

The countries have signed a new partnership to help boost energy security while pursuing net zero carbon.

The United Kingdom recently announced that it would be working in close collaboration with Germany to secure international hydrogen fuel trade within a new partnership that the government is hopeful will boost energy security while aligning with net zero carbon targets.

The countries will be working together to accelerate the role H2 will play in their energy mix.

The UK and Germany will aim to accelerate low-carbon hydrogen fuel uptake into their energy mixes, said the statement from the United Kingdom.

“This agreement will underpin the development of this new fuel not just for our respective countries but also for an international trade that could be transformative in our work towards achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” said junior minister in the energy department of the UK government Martin Callanan. “It is through these partnerships that we can move away from expensive fossil fuels – and in doing so boost our energy security.”

Lawmakers and industries alike have been increasingly turning their attention toward H2 to reduce the carbon footprints of some of the sectors that have been the most challenging to decarbonize. They’ve also been considering this option as an alternative to natural gas. That said, they recognize that they face notable technical challenges and initial investments if this is to take off.

Last year, the UK pledged to double its hydrogen fuel production by 2030, to reach as much as 10GW.

The UK also included in its pledge that half of the H2 would be electrolytic.

Hydrogen fuel production - pounds funding

In pursuit of this, the government launched a £240 million net zero H2 fund to support commercial low-carbon H2 production deployment through this decade.

Germany’s side of this strategy

hydrogen news ebookGermany intends to provide state aid for about 2.5 GW of electrolysis projects in 2023, and its government has stated that it will designate €700 million for H2 research for production optimization.

Germany has set its own domestic electrolysis hydrogen fuel production capacity target of at least 10 gigawatts to be achieved by the end of this decade.

Daimler H2 Trucks fit Nicely in Germany’s Vision for Clean Transportation

Daimler Trucks in Germany recently made a significant achievement with their Mercedes-Benz GenH2 fuel cell truck. This innovative vehicle managed to cover an impressive 650 miles using just one fill of liquid hydrogen. This is particularly notable when considering that an electric semi-truck typically covers around 500 miles on a single charge.

This trial highlighted the potential of hydrogen fuel cell trucks to compete with traditional diesel trucks in terms of long-haul capabilities, while only emitting water vapor.

However, the availability of hydrogen fuel and infrastructure remains a challenge. Yet, it’s expected that green hydrogen will be widely available by late 2026 or early 2027.

In addition, Germany and the UK have formed a partnership to boost energy security and achieve net-zero carbon targets. This includes accelerating the use of low-carbon hydrogen fuel, with the UK pledging to double its hydrogen fuel production by 2030. These developments are all part of Germany’s broader vision for cleaner transportation.

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