VDE Financial Dialogue Hydrogen 2022
Tristan Holm / VDE
2022-11-02 press release

VDE Whitepaper on the hydrogen economy: Set the course now for successful business models

  • Whitepaper published on the VDE FINANCIAL DIALOGUE HYDROGE
  • VDE gives recommendations on how to promote investments in hydrogen technologies
  • German hydrogen economy urgently needs, among other things, concerted initiatives to train skilled workers

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(Frankfurt am Main, 02.11.2022) Germany has the potential to become a technology leader in the hydrogen economy. This is the conclusion of the experts who, at the invitation of VDE Renewables, discussed the commercialisation of the many new hydrogen technologies at the VDE FINANCIAL DIALOGUE. What needs to be done to advance the development of production and service areas has now been published in the VDE Whitepaper on the hydrogen economy.

In the transition to renewable energies, hydrogen is seen as an important bridging technology. While oil, gas and coal can be easily stored and used as needed, with electricity from the sun and wind, generation only sometimes matches demand. For large amounts of energy, the necessary storage is only feasible with hydrogen. Hydrogen Council has calculated in collaboration with McKinsey & Company that 240 billion dollars will be invested in the hydrogen sector by 2030. According to the study, there are 680 large-scale projects worldwide, but only ten percent of them are already being implemented. 

Obstacles on energy markets exacerbate uncertainty

VDE Renewables Managing Director Burkhard Holder points out that the newly emerging markets around hydrogen are still marked by great uncertainties today: "It is quite crucial to adapt the current regulatory framework, which has evolved from the established energy technologies, to the new systems and products and to reduce the obstacles for their market introduction."

The Whitepaper therefore points out that the obstacles in the traditionally highly regulated energy markets should be reduced. They exacerbate uncertainty in industry and the financial world, because an economic assessment of investment projects is only possible to a limited extent. State subsidy programmes must be expanded and adapted where necessary, because they are an important and essential support for the market ramp-up and the start-up phase. The mobilisation of private capital is also critical for success – especially for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises. Investment companies, industrial enterprises and established funding providers can create efficient platforms for this. 

Consistent regulations and approval processes

The rapid introduction of the necessary regulations and consistent approval processes throughout Europe are another important requirement for the bankability and insurability of the new products and business models. In addition, the German hydrogen economy urgently needs concerted initiatives to train the next generation, both in vocational training and at universities. Overall, we need a technology-open industrial policy that supports and does not prevent emerging changes with interesting commercialisation potentials. 

About VDE Renewables

VDE Renewables, a subsidiary of the VDE Group, offers quality assurance services for the global renewable energy sector. Based in Alzenau, Germany, the company’s services include quality testing and certification according to the highest safety, reliability, and performance standards, as well as independent engineering and technical due diligence. VDE Renewables works closely with all structures of the VDE Group and its internationally renowned network, which include the leading research and development bodies such as the Fraunhofer Institutes and insurance firms such as Allianz and Munich Re. Together with its partners, VDE Renewables supports its customers with their specific requirements, such as gaining access to new markets, differentiating themselves from their competitors or enabling them to receive more attractive insurance or financing conditions.

For more information, visit www.vde.com/renewables 

About VDE

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