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Germany – On The Road to Hydrogen Partnership with Scotland

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Germany – On the road to hydrogen partnership with Scotland.

Business Minister Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut travels to Scotland with a delegation to promote further joint activities in the fields of renewable energy, hydrogen and decarbonisation of industrial processes. To this end, a “Memorandum of Understanding” is to be signed with Scotland.

Minister of Economic Affairs travels with a delegation of around 40Dr. Nicole Hoffmeister-Krauton 28 November 2022 for two days to Glasgow in Scotland to explore new fields of cooperation in theFuture field of hydrogento identify.

The Minister for Economic Affairs takes the opportunity to visit on behalf of the Prime MinisterWinfried Kretschmannto sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Scotland. This is intended to advance further joint activities in the areas of renewable energies, hydrogen and the decarbonisation of industrial processes, among other things.

Hoffmeister-Kraut at the start of the trip:

The production, transport and use of green hydrogen are increasingly becoming a location factor for the economic development of individual regions, including Baden-Württemberg.

“Reliable partnerships with regions of the world with whom we share common ideas of responsible business are essential for Baden-Württemberg as a business location,”

At the beginning of 2020, the Minister for Economic Affairs had a specialBW-UK Partnership Initiativefounded.

Scotland and Baden-Württemberg share common values and interests
As a partner in the”Under2Coalition”and other international networks, Scotland and Baden-Württemberg share common values and interests in the sustainable protection of the environment, people and prosperity.

Ivan McKee, Scottish Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Business, said:

We are determined to play a key role in meeting the growing hydrogen demand of importing countries such as Germany.

“Our huge renewable energy potential, our long history of energy production and our proximity to mainland Europe make us an ideal partner to ensure Europe’s long-term security of supply of green hydrogen. It is important that we work together to share knowledge, rapidly develop the sector and promote the growth of the global hydrogen market. The signing of our Memorandum of Understanding underlines this.”

The focus of the business delegation trip to Scotland is the exchange with Scottish experts on current technology trends and perspectives in the fields of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. The aim of the trip is to initiate and deepen contacts between relevant actors in Baden-Württemberg and Scotland as well as to identify opportunities for technological and economic cooperation.

Partnership with Scotland is a win-win situation

“The partnership with Scotland is a win-win situation for both sides: Baden-Württemberg can provide technologies for the production of green hydrogen, which is then also delivered to us,” says Hoffmeister-Kraut.

The topic of hydrogen is currently experiencing a new dynamic against the background of the energy crisis caused by the Russian war of aggression and the security of supply, said the Minister. In order to ensure a climate-friendly, resilient and diversified energy supply, green hydrogen will become the fourth pillar of the energy transition in the medium term, alongside energy efficiency, renewable energies and electrification.

“We want to exploit the opportunities that arise for both sides through cooperation with our Scottish partners in a targeted and long-term manner. We will discuss how this can best be achieved in Glasgow,” explained the Minister for Economic Affairs.

Minister McKee also welcomes the visit of the business delegation from Baden-Württemberg:

“I am delighted to welcome Minister Hoffmeister-Kraut and her business delegation to Scotland to learn more about Baden-Württemberg’s hydrogen ambitions and expertise in mechanical and plant engineering and to show our German friends first-hand how we want to make Scotland a major hydrogen exporter.”

Scotland has the natural resources and political ambition to become a world leader in the production of green hydrogen for domestic use and export to Europe. The Scottish coasts offer great potential in the field of wind power, but also in wave and tidal power plants.

With numerous pilot and demonstration plants, Scotland is in the process of scaling up these areas. The value chain in Baden-Württemberg, on the other hand, offers numerous opportunities both for the upstream provision of components for hydrogen production and for downstream sales.

The business delegation trip was organized and conceptually prepared by Baden-Württemberg International and e-mobil BW on behalf of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labor and Tourism. The accompanying companies will have the opportunity to get to know other Scottish hydrogen projects and make contacts on two further days of travel in Aberdeen.

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies

Hydrogen and fuel cell technologies play a decisive role in achieving climate protection goals in various sectors, in the transformation process of the industrial and technology location, but also in the medium-term diversification of the energy system. The hydrogen and fuel cell industry in Baden-Württemberg could generate sales of up to nine billion euros in 2030.

Essential points of contact here are theHydrogen Strategy of the State of Baden-Württembergand the Landesagentur e-mobil BWPlatform H2BWS.A.S. In addition, the company, also coordinated by e-mobil BW, offersCluster Fuel Cell BWimportant starting points for cooperation with actors from industry and science.

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