A combined tendering model can help achieve Germany’s expansion targets for electrolysers as set out in the National Hydrogen Strategy. This is the result of a short study conducted by the BBH group on behalf of the association Initiative Erdgasspeicher e.V. (Natural Gas Storage Initiative – INES). The study describes how the subsidised establishment of 3 GW of hydrogen electrolysis capacity by 2030 can be combined with a grid-supportive mode of operation.
The study with the title “Kombiniertes Ausschreibungsmodell zur Förderung von Elektrolyseuren für eine netzdienliche Umsetzung der Nationalen Wasserstoffstrategie” (“combined tendering model for the promotion of electrolysers to help implement the National Hydrogen Strategy in a way that eases the burden on the grid”) suggests a competitive procedure to integrate state funding with a grid-supportive mode of operation: In a first step, a tender for controllable loads in the context of ancillary services is to be carried out by the transmission system operators. In a second step, an official tender for the promotion of hydrogen production is to be conducted. 150 MW are to be put out to tender twice a year, leading to a total of 3 MW in a period of ten years. Thus, the study integrates measures 2 and 3 of the National Hydrogen Strategy and enables the cost-efficient establishment of 3 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 within a competitive framework. In its National Hydrogen Strategy, the Federal Government has stipulated a total of 5 GW of new capacity in the current decade.
The study is available for download on the website of INES
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