Germany’s potential demand for hydrogen has been predicted by the Fraunhofer Institute to be between 250 and 800 Terawatt hours (TWh) per year, depending on the sector’s degree of electrification.
The British goverment pledged £500 million for a move towards hydrogen as one of 10 green initiatives announced on 18 November 2020. £240 million of this is for new hydrogen production facilities. The vision begins with trialling hydrogen for heating and cooking in homes, starting with a Hydrogen Neighbourhood in 2023, moving to a Hydrogen Village by 2025, with an aim for a Hydrogen Town – equivalent to tens of thousands of homes – before the end of the decade.
Australia has also adopted a national hydrogen strategy. German Research Minister Anja Karliczek, Australia’s Minister for Resources, Water and North Australia Keith Pitt, and Australian Trade, Tourism and Investment Minister Simon Birmingham propose producing hydrogen with solar power in Australia to export to Germany. This summer saw the ministers sign a letter of intent to this end. They plan to establish a joint supply chain for the commodity, with German companies as technology providers.