To connect H2 generation sites with consumption sites, Germany needs a supraregional hydrogen network with connections to neighboring countries. Compared with new construction, it is cheaper, more resource-efficient and faster to develop the hydrogen network from the existing natural gas network. Where natural gas flows today, hydrogen may flow tomorrow. In our new series of explanatory films, we show how the conversion of the gas transport infrastructure to hydrogen works and what benefits it brings.Continue reading →
The final report published on April 27, 2023, marks the conclusion of the Chemistry4Climate (C4C) project launched by the Association of German Engineers (VDI) and the German Chemical Industry Association (VCI).
Together with over 80 stakeholders from industry, politics and civil society, FNB Gas has been involved in the search for ways and solutions to make the chemical-pharmaceutical industry in Germany climate neutral. As a result, the experts formulated conclusions and recommendations on a total of six topics and 33 theses.
The final report is available on the Chemistry4Climate homepage.
On October 25, 2022, a joint webinar was held by FNB Gas with DVGW, VKU, and the “H2vorOrt” initiative. More than 350 interested representatives from politics and authorities, the energy sector as well as business and industry took part in the virtual event. The great response shows that hydrogen is not only essential for the survival of industry, but that interest and demand also exist on a large scale in many other sectors.
The network operators are in the starting blocks. The task of policymakers now is to break down logjams and translate the proposals into a consistent regulatory framework. The webinar ends with a joint appeal to politicians: “The industry is ready. Now we need political action”.
On May 28, 2021, the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), together with the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), published a list of 62 major projects eligible for potential funding under the IPCEI-Hydrogen program. The funding amount of EUR 8 billion is expected to trigger investments totaling EUR 33 billion [BMWi 2021].
In addition to projects for hydrogen production and numerous concepts for its use, several infrastructure projects are also part of this program.
With the realization of these IPCEI infrastructure projects, a first supraregional hydrogen network will be created from the Dutch border via Hamburg and Salzgitter, the industrial region of Halle/Leipzig and via Berlin to Rostock. In addition, cross-border regional projects, particularly in North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland, have also been selected for the IPCEI hydrogen program.
Currently, the specified application documents are being reviewed by the authorities. According to current information, a final decision on the funding program and subsequent investment decisions is expected by the end of 2022.