HySupply – German-Australian Feasibility Study of Hydrogen produced from Renewables
Hydrogen is a key element for the global energy transition: It can be used to store electricity from renewable energies and to transport energy over long distances. This will allow the energy of the Australian sun to be shipped to Germany. But which conditions must be met and how can viable business models be created? With the project “HySupply – Germany-Australian Feasibility Study of Hydrogen produced from Renewables”, acatech, together with the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and Australian partners wants to explore these and other pressing issues.
Australia is an excellent partner for establishing a value chain for renewable hydrogen with its great potential for renewable energies. More favourable local conditions ensure that hydrogen can be produced at much lower cost compared to Germany. This is a great opportunity for Australia, which therefore prioritizes exports with its hydrogen strategy. In contrast, the focus of Germanys strategy is on imports. HySupply connects the two strategies and paves the way for a long-term hydrogen partnership between both countries.
The bilateral cooperation with BDI aims to investigate for the first time the feasibility of the entire value chain for renewable hydrogen between two industrialized countries. To this end, existing barriers for the establishment of a global value chain will be identified and tangible options for the implementation of supply relations between both countries will be described. The feasibility study is designed to develop business models that favour a long-term hydrogen partnership.
Exporting German hydrogen technologies and importing renewable hydrogen from Australia provides the opportunity to create sustainable added value for both countries – a win-win-situation.
Robert Schlögl (Co-Lead)
Fritz Haber Institute of the Max Planck Society
Holger Lösch (Co-Lead)
Federation of German Industries (BDI)
Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE
University of Münster
ifo Center for Energy, Climate and Resources
Regensburg University of Applied Sciences
Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW)
Air Liquide S.A.
Deutsche Lufthansa AG
Mineralölwirtschaftsverband e.V. (MWV)
RWE Supply & Trading GmbH
thyssenkrupp Steel Europe AG