Lower Saxony plays a central role in the development of the European hydrogen economy. Around 25 of the currently more than 750 hydrogen projects within the EU are located in Lower Saxony alone. This results in the List of all current projects published by the European Commission as part of the announcement of the new Joint Undertaking Clean Hydrogen Partnership at the European Hydrogen Week .

Proudly proclaimed Ursula von der LeyenUrsula von Leyen, President of the European Commission, proudly proclaimed Europe's pioneering role in clean hydrogen during her opening speech at the European Hydrogen Week in Brussels. This role, especially in the field of research, must not be squandered now, she said, and the hydrogen economy must also be kept within the EU. "Clean hydrogen is the energy of the next generation," said von der Leyen.

For this reason, the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance was launched last year. The approximately 1,500 members are various actors from business, politics, civil society, associations, etc., who regularly exchange ideas in six working groups and meet every six months for the European Hydrogen Forum. In cooperation with the new JU Clean Hydrogen Partnership, endowed with funding of 1 billion euros for the period 2021-2027, the mass production of clean hydrogen is to be established in the EU .

For a rapid ramp-up of the hydrogen economy, especially in the areas of production and infrastructure, i.e. distribution and storage, the European Commission is cooperating with the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance. In this way, clean hydrogen will also become economically viable for companies in the foreseeable future, said von der Leyen and spoke of the goal of reducing the cost of clean hydrogen to less than €1.80 per kilo by 2030.

It is no coincidence that so many hydrogen projects are located in Lower Saxony. In addition to space for the expansion of renewable energies on land, the Flächenland also offers ideal conditions as a coastal region with a deep-water port. On the one hand for the landing of renewable electricity from the North Sea, where there is enormous potential for expansion in the coming years, and on the other as an import port for clean hydrogen.