Hydrogen: The Saviour of a Sustainable Energy Economy?

The smarter E Podcast Episode 168 | March 7, 2024 | Language: German

Green hydrogen is back on the agenda. Numerous hydrogen projects are being launched across Europe. The industry seems to be growing strongly. Subsidies are an important element, and the German government recently announced that it would make several billion euros available for the import of green hydrogen. However, the Federal Ministry of Transport has now put a stop to new hydrogen subsidies. What impact will this have on future developments? What are the strategies for achieving climate neutrality? And what are the main obstacles to the widespread use of green hydrogen in Germany and Europe?

We discuss this with Silke Frank, CEO of Hydrogen Moves and Vice President of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV).


  • 06:28 Why is green hydrogen one of the key elements of a sustainable energy economy in Europe?

  • 10:42 The German government has announced that it will provide €3.5 billion for the import of green hydrogen from 2027. How will this money be used?

  • 16:55 What are currently the main obstacles to the widespread introduction of green hydrogen in Germany and Europe?

  • 18:36 The Federal Ministry of Transport has stopped new hydrogen funding: What impact will this have on the development and funding of hydrogen projects in Germany?

  • 22:22 On current hydrogen projects in Germany and Europe

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About Silke Frank and DWV

Silke Frank, Vice President of the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (DWV).

Silke Frank has been at home in the hydrogen industry for more than 20 years. Since 2004 she has organised more than 60 (hydrogen) events around the world - from Europe to Asia, from America to Australia. She maintains one of the largest personal H2 networks based on trust and long-standing relationships. Silke Frank is a sensitive master of communication and exchange. She accompanies institutions, companies, associations and politicians on their way to a prosperous hydrogen future with advice, action and personal contacts. The best possible fulfilment of her customers' wishes is particularly important to her! Silke Frank has been Vice President of the German Hydrogen Association (DWV e.V.) since December 2020.

The German Hydrogen Association (DWV) e.V. has been promoting a sustainable hydrogen industry since 1996. DWV stands for the development of a green hydrogen market economy as part of a sustainable energy supply. The association's activities focus on the implementation and optimisation of the necessary market, technological and regulatory framework conditions for the hydrogen economy in the areas of plant construction, production, transport infrastructure and application technologies. DWV represents the interests of its 182 member institutions and companies and has more than 400 individual members.

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