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Pathfinder for a future hydrogen economy

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Germany aims to become climate neutral by 2045. Hydrogen is a crucial element in achieving this goal. As part of the H2-Compass project, acatech and DECHEMA will be elaborating paths towards a German hydrogen economy. These will form the basis for the Federal Government's hydrogen roadmap.

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Press release: National hydrogen strategies in comparison

Many countries are betting on the development of their own national hydrogen economy. H2-Compass compared 22 national hydrogen strategies, including those from China, Japan, the USA, Russia, Australia, Chile and Morocco. Germany would be well advised to establish early relations with countries aiming to export green hydrogen.


International hydrogen strategies in comparison

As part of the H2-Compass project, we have updated our country analysis - a comparison of national hydrogen strategies. The strategies of 21 additional countries and regions were taken into account for the update. The analysis now covers a total of 43 strategies. We present our analysis and show, among other things, which countries aim to position themselves as export nations.



What role for hydrogen in the future of home heating?

How can hydrogen be used to contribute to the future of building heating? What are the alternatives? Where do controversies arise? Can hydrogen make any contribution at all? Read our building heating factsheet for the answers.


International shipping: Climate-neutral propulsion systems and fuels

H2-Compass has analysed international developments and research results on climate neutral propulsion systems and fuels for international shipping. The results are presented in the document available here. Since the future course of technological developments is presently highly uncertain, we also discussed the results with experts from shipping companies, ports, associations and academia. The discussion is summarised in nine theses at the end of the report.


Press release: Hydrogen for international shipping

In order to reduce the climate impact of international shipping, research projects worldwide are testing hydrogen, ammonia, methanol and other energy carriers as alternative fuels for ships. In its new analysis, the H2-Compass shows that none of these alternative energy carriers have yet become established and that coexistence is likely.


Hydrogen Dialogue Conference Photo Gallery

Hydrogen Dialogue Conference - photo gallery. The conference took place from 10 to 12 October in Berlin. All photos are available for download.


Press release: Hydrogen ramp-up

Stefan Wenzel, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), and Till Mansmann, Innovation Commissioner for Green Hydrogen at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), advocate a rapid hydrogen ramp-up at the three-day Hydrogen Dialogue conference.


Press release: Meta-analysis on hydrogen in transport sector

18 August 2022: The National Academy of Science and Engineering, acatech, and the Society for Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, DECHEMA, publish an analysis on the use of hydrogen in the domestic transport sector.


Use of hydrogen in transport

What role will hydrogen play on Germany's roads and rails in the future? How can hydrogen help the transport sector reach net-zero? The results from our meta-analysis provide the answers.


Raw material needs

Many of the key raw materials needed for the production of electrolysers come from Russia. H2-Compass has therefore investigated what effects Russia’s war on Ukraine may have on Germany’s electrolyser production. We present the results of our analysis here.


Import and transport options

A working group of the ‘Energy Systems of the Future’ (ESYS) academy project, a joint initiative of acatech, Leopoldina and the Union of the German Academies, has analysed options for importing and transporting hydrogen. Advantages and disadvantages are considered as well as, for example, obstacles to establishing trade relations.


Electrolysis capacities

The H2-Compass project maintains a database of hydrogen production projects in Germany. For the first time, we are publishing the current status of announced electrolysis capacities up to 2030. Projects with a stated start date will require a cumulative electric power of 4.3 GW, which corresponds to just under 50% of the target agreed upon in the German Coalition agreement (10 GW).


Decarbonising aviation

How will the energy demand of (international) air traffic and the associated climate impacts develop by 2050 and what contribution can hydrogen make to the net-zero challenge? The results of our meta-analysis published here provide answers.

Nahaufnahme vom Beantworten eines Fragezettels


Ensuring a successful hydrogen ramp-up

The H2-Compass team presents the results of the survey 'Hydrogen Economy 2030/2050: Goals and Paths': Which opportunities will be presented by the development of a German hydrogen economy, which obstacles must be eliminated, and when? Where is research still needed? How important do survey respondents consider different hydrogen production paths and where should hydrogen be produced?

Balken- und Kreisdiagramme


Hydrogen economy 2030/2050

We present the results of the survey we conducted in autumn 2021 among close to 600 participants from business, academia, public administration and organised civil society. Gain interesting insights into the opportunities that are seen in the development of a hydrogen economy, the barriers that must be overcome for a successful ramp-up and much more.

Arbeiter stehen vor einem Stahlkessel mit flüssigem Metall


Improving the steel industry’s carbon footprint with hydrogen

The resource intensive steel industry plays an important role for Germany as an industrial location and its decarbonisation is as challenging as it is essential. How can hydrogen contribute to this? How much is needed for decarbonisation? Are there alternatives to the use of hydrogen and how can it work as efficiently as possible? Answers to these and other questions can be found in our factsheet on steel.


Hydrogen has an important role to play in our journey towards climate neutrality. Read on to find out how hydrogen can be produced in a climate-neutral manner, how it moves from the producer to the consumer, where or how it can be used and what needs to be taken into account along the way.

Ein Elektrolysegerät als Symbol für die Erzeugung von Wasserstoff.

Hydrogen production today and in the future

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Eine Rohrleitung mit Ventil als Symbol für die Infrastruktur.
Storage and Transport

Hydrogen transport from producer to consumer

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Verschiedene Beispiele für die Nutzung von Wasserstoff.

Appropriate uses of hydrogen

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Ein Handschlag für Sicherheit und Akzeptanz.
Safety and acceptability

Ensuring safe and acceptable hydrogen technologies

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The Hydrogen Map

Numerous pilot projects have already been realised and new ones are constantly being initiated. The Hydrogen Map shows how far Germany has come, where things are progressing, and the potential and opportunities we can access regarding hydrogen in the net-zero transition.


H2-Compass is a project of acatech and DECHEMA. The project is funded by BMBF and BMWK.