On Wednesday, energy group E.ON called for the implementation of measures to boost the hydrogen sector in Germany, which it considers to be in decline.

In a press release, E.ON explains that capacities corresponding to hydrogen production projects up to 2030 rose from 8.1 gigawatts to 8.7 gigawatts between February and August 2023.

In its view, this increase bears no relation to the surge in capacities that characterized the period between July 2022 and February 2023.

For the record, the German government has set itself the target of installing hydrogen electrolyzers with a total capacity of 10 gigawatts by 2030.

While E.ON acknowledges that the study it commissioned from Frontier Economics shows that there is no single solution for the rapid ramp-up of hydrogen, the group does mention five interesting avenues, namely the introduction of greenhouse gas emission quotas, carbon remuneration supplements ('carbon contracts for difference'), a fixed premium mechanism (along the lines of H2Bank), variable premiums for the production of 'green gas' and tax incentives.

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