Saxony – The Land of Hydrogen: Moving Towards a Sustainable Future

The smarter E Podcast Episode 157 | November 16, 2023 | Language: German

How well volatile solar and wind energy can be stored and distributed plays a decisive role in the energy transition. Alongside batteries, hydropower plants and thermal storage systems, green hydrogen is seen as a beacon of hope. But does it even work in practice? What does it require? And how far have developments progressed so far? Is it really a fuel of the future or a living reality? In this episode, we talk about this with several experts from the region of Saxony, one of the pioneers in the hydrogen sector.


  • 5:55 What challenges have been encountered in integrating hydrogen into Saxony's existing energy infrastructure?
  • 13:05 What does the current hydrogen infrastructure in Saxony look like and where will the green hydrogen come from?
  • 17:06 How much hydrogen is already being produced or used? How is the market ramp-up progressing?
  • 29:19 How can Saxony create new jobs and strengthen the local economy through hydrogen technology?

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About Dr. Olga Naumov

Dr. Olga Naumov is Senior Manager for Technology Projects at Leipziger Stadtwerke and has been responsible for strategy and project development in the field of hydrogen since 2021. The physicist previously worked in the Business Transformation department at IAV GmbH. Until 2018, she researched fuel cell and battery technologies at the Leibniz Institute of Surface Engineering (Leipzig) and Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta).

About Christoph Friedrich

Christoph Friedrich has been a Group Developer at Leipziger Versorgungs- und Verkehrsgesellschaft since 2020. The business economist answers strategic questions relating to mobility, water and energy. He is responsible for the LHyVE hydrogen network project for the Leipziger Group.

About Dr. Peter Lucas

Dr. Peter Lucas has been a consultant at the Saxon State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport since 2020. He is the ministry's hydrogen officer. In 2023, he was on a staff exchange at the Czech Ministry of Industry and Trade to further develop the Czech hydrogen strategy.

About Klaudia Wackerman und die Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen (WFS)

Klaudia Wackerman is a project manager at WFS and is responsible for new relocation projects and location promotion measures in the energy and environmental sector as part of the investor service.
WFS promotes Saxony as a business location and provides potential investors with comprehensive advice from the initial idea to the realization of a relocation project. In addition, WFS supports Saxon companies in their export activities and initiates cooperation with companies outside Saxony.

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