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Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – Basis for an Economically Successful Change of Energy Policy


The conversion of the global energy system currently pictures one of the largest challenges for national and international economies and politics. The development and expansion of Renewable Energies require new technological and economic solutions within the fields of grid integration, stabilisation of energy systems and energy storage.


In order to make the energy transition (Energiewende) come true, our energy system needs to be regarded as a complete interaktive network. Existing barriers between the sectors: power, heat and mobility need to be dismantled and market incentives need to be established by international political frameworks in order to support an integrated energy concept.


In particular, the integration of transport fuels to meet the challenges presented by the change of energy policy will lead – in contrast to a plan oriented purely on electricity – to cost-optimized solutions.


To ensure the success of the ongoing energy system turnaround and that climate goals in Germany are efficiently achieved, it is essential to integrate road traffic and transportation. Only this way the change in energy policy can become an economic success story. Hydrogen is an energy carrier that enables a flexible interchange between electricity and transport fuel and thus will contribute to the security of supply, economic viability and environmental protection needed to maintain Germany’s status as an economic powerhouse.