Hydrogen Masterplan for Eastern Germany

A masterplan developed by three Fraunhofer research institutes outlines how the transition to green and sustainable hydrogen production is aimed to boost the economy in Eastern Germany. According to the study compiled by the Fraunhofer Research Institution for Energy Infrastructures and Geothermal Systems (IEG), Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) and the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems (IKTS), the switch from fossil fuels to hydrogen production will launch new value chains across regions, generating synergies beyond state borders. The Fraunhofer team make more than 50 specific proposals for a successful hydrogen market ramp-up in the study, which foresees industrial and transport sector demand of 17.3 TWh by 2030. Germany’s federal government has made hydrogen a bulwark of the country’s energy transition, with eastern Germany – where lignite mining operations previously provided many jobs – identified as one of the key regions for new renewable energies businesses and research activities.