With the current amendment to the Energy Industry Act (EnWG), the Federal Cabinet passed regulations on the legal and regulatory framework for a future hydrogen core network in Germany.
According to the German government, the first stage of the hydrogen core network will include important hydrogen infrastructures that are scheduled to be operational by 2032.
Federal Minister of Economics and Climate Protection Robert Habeck said that the goal of the country "is to ramp up the hydrogen market quickly in order to further advance the decarbonization of economic sectors with high greenhouse gas emissions. This requires the rapid and cost-efficient establishment of a hydrogen network infrastructure in Germany that grows with the hydrogen market and is embedded in the EU internal market. With the creation of the framework for the hydrogen networks, we are taking a decisive step here.”
The first approval of a hydrogen core network by the Federal Network Agency is regulated in the Energy Industry Act. For this purpose, central hydrogen locations are to be connected and all regions of Germany are to be taken into account.
The hydrogen core network will be modeled by long-distance gas network operators in the coming months. A broad consultation of the public, the countries and various market participants then takes place and the final network configuration shall be approved by the Federal Network Agency.
In a second stage, comprehensive hydrogen network development planning is to be anchored in the EnWG by the end of the year .
This needs-based planning should be based on the existing network development processes and deal with the hydrogen needs of relevant customers, such as energy-intensive companies, beyond the hydrogen core network.