Hydrogen economy status quo - why we need the VDE FINANCIAL DIALOGUE HYDROGEN
Hydrogen and its derivatives are an essential part of the energy transition. It links times and regions with surplus electricity from sun and wind with times and regions without green electricity. However, private and institutional investors, policymakers and industry need confidence in the market as well as in its safety and performance. A lot has happened in hydrogen technologies in recent years, and numerous products and systems have been developed that are already being used or are about to be launched on the market. It is now crucial to determine how this, in conjunction with renewable energies and battery storage, can result in commercially promising business models.
The newly emerging markets around hydrogen are still characterized by great uncertainties today, such as product reliability, return on investment - a typical feature of disruptive innovation.
This year's event will focus in particular on the implementation of a targeted market ramp-up. Funding programs and the framework of government hydrogen roadmaps have helped drive commercialization. The challenge now is to also ensure the necessary private sector investment decisions and mobilization of private capital.
Despite the existing roadmaps and a strong EU initiative, there is an increasing danger that other countries will also take over the technology and manufacturing leadership in the hydrogen sector. The intense discussion in Europe about a restrictive and short-term ban on PFAS compounds as a key component of fuel cells and electrolyzers is additionally leading to significant market uncertainty and loss of confidence in planned investment decisions.
It is therefore important to engage in constructive and goal-oriented dialog with all stakeholders in order to maintain competitiveness in Europe vis-à-vis Asian and American manufacturers and to create attractive conditions for the expansion of production facilities in the long term.
VDE FINANCIAL DIALOGUE HYDROGEN 2023
Date: 6-7 December 2023
Place: Messezentrum Nuremberg, NCC Middle & Halle 10.0
What can you expect?
Leading workshops: In selected regions, leading experts will discuss the current key topics of the hydrogen economy in five lead workshops.
Innovation Stage, 06.12.2023: This element of the event will focus on bankability, insurability and compliance, bringing together representatives from industry, finance and the legal community. The discussions and outcomes that emerge will help shape the future direction of the hydrogen economy.
High Level Panel, 07.12.23: The panel assesses the economic, technical and political perspectives and formulates recommendations for all stakeholders for the sustainable, successful development of the hydrogen industry. The results of the lead workshops and the Innovation Stage are incorporated into these discussions.
VDE Whitepaper, February 2024: All findings of the VDE FINANCIAL DIALOGUE will be summarized in a white paper, which will be available to all participants and interested parties as a recommendation for action for the development of projects and future framework conditions.