(Hei­de, June 23rd 2020) Both the recent­ly pub­lished and com­pre­hen­sive eco­nom­ic stim­u­lus and future tech­nolo­gies pro­gramme of Germany’s grand coali­tion and the fresh­ly adopt­ed nation­al hydro­gen strat­e­gy are being seen by the part­ners in the project Real-world Lab­o­ra­to­ry West­küste 100 as pleas­ing and cru­cial step­ping stones towards fos­ter­ing urgent­ly required invest­ment in cli­mate pro­tec­tion and future tech­nolo­gies. These mea­sures rep­re­sent a vital pre­con­di­tion for tack­ling the major tran­si­tions that are need­ed as regards ener­gy and inte­gra­tion (sec­tor coupling).

The mis­sion of the West­küste 100 part­ners is to imple­ment long-term col­lab­o­ra­tion on an indus­tri­al scale, rang­ing from the gen­er­a­tion of green elec­tric­i­ty and hydro­gen trans­port to the pro­duc­tion of syn­thet­ic hydro­car­bons. Such coop­er­a­tion is to form the nucle­us of sus­tain­able busi­ness mod­els relat­ing to ener­gy tran­si­tion and decarbonisation.

The deci­sions now made by the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment – the envis­aged exemp­tion of hydro­gen pro­duc­tion from the renew­able ener­gy levy, estab­lish­ing reg­u­la­to­ry prin­ci­ples for expand­ing the hydro­gen infra­struc­ture, trans­po­si­tion of the Renew­able Ener­gy Direc­tive (RED II), strate­gi­cal­ly increas­ing off­shore capac­i­ties – are aligned with our efforts to trans­late into prac­tice the West­küste 100 vision of a 700 MW pow­er plant. The invest­ment aid envis­aged by the stim­u­lus pack­age should sig­nif­i­cant­ly accel­er­ate the rel­e­vant deci­sion-mak­ing and scal­ing, and the estab­lish­ment of new region­al val­ue chains in Schleswig-Hol­stein in par­tic­u­lar,” explains Jür­gen Wollschläger, man­ag­ing direc­tor of Raf­finer­ie Hei­de and coor­di­na­tor of Real-world Lab­o­ra­to­ry West­küste 100.

For more infor­ma­tion please vis­it www.westkueste100.de/en/.    

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