Digital potential

Digital potential

Low-cost green hydrogen through digitalization

Plans to expand Germany’s hydrogen landscape are well underway. A large number of electrolyzers for green hydrogen production and thousands of kilometers of new or converted pipelines for hydrogen transmission will be built in the coming years. This offers us the opportunity to think holistically from the outset about the advancing trends of hydrogen and digitalization and to digitalize the hydrogen sector. This article intends to demonstrate the potential that can be leveraged through the digitalization of the entire green hydrogen value chain.

The German government has announced its ambition for Germany to be supplied entirely by wind and solar power by 2035 and to reach net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. To cushion the volatility in energy availability that is associated with an accelerated expansion of renewables, the country will in future look to hydrogen-compatible gas power plants as well as flexibility options and energy storage. The plants are expected to run on green hydrogen and ensure a stable electricity supply during lulls in wind and solar generation.

This is one of the reasons why the German cabinet made the decision in July 2023 to update the national hydrogen strategy. The main objective is to increase hydrogen capacity to 10 gigawatts by 2030 and will involve large-scale infrastructure projects to build electrolyzers for green hydrogen production. Ensuring their successful integration into the existing gas supply landscape requires digitalization to be embedded from the very beginning.

Potential applications for digitalization

In the hydrogen sector, digitalization can primarily take over forecasting and monitoring services while also facilitating an efficient exchange of data. This includes projections of excess green power for hydrogen production, certificates for green hydrogen trading, the use of digital twins in a new or repurposed transmission network or innovative digital solutions in the hydrogen nomination process of gas network operators, which are faced with new challenges here due to the decentralized nature of the feed-in supply (see fig. 1).

Fig. 1: Potential applications of digitalization in the hydrogen sector. The hydrogen value chain (production, storage, supply and use) is represented in the inner ring. Positioned in the middle ring are the tasks that digitalization can undertake. The outer ring shows the technologies that can be used to fulfill the tasks.

Particularly during the current ramping-up phase in hydrogen infrastructure, it is crucial that the manufacturing, distribution and utilization of hydrogen are well coordinated. This requires information to flow between individual links of the value chain. For example, hydrogen production has to be coupled with power generation on the one hand as well as with the transmission network and industrial off-takers on the other hand. The supply and storage network downstream of hydrogen production acts as the intersection and needs to be informed about what is being injected on the highly decentralized supply side and what will be required on the consumption side.

What has impeded hydrogen ramp-up activities thus far has been precisely this lack of transparency. Up until now, energy suppliers have been reluctant to invest in costly electrolyzers for hydrogen production due to the absence of a pipeline network for conveying the gas. Network operators in turn have been reluctant to lay pipelines due to a lack of customers. At the same time, industrial companies have been reluctant to conclude fixed off-take agreement without a transmission network being in place. If we do not want this trend to continue affecting day-to-day business over the years ahead, we must take early countermeasures while we still have considerable scope to shape things in the current ramp-up phase.

Digital platform across the H2 value chain

The ideal solution would be the multidirectional digital connection of stakeholders from across the entire value chain on one common platform. This kind of digital platform (see fig. 2) can be formed of a variety of modules. The hydrogen value chain is thus brought under one umbrella through a digital reproduction of individual entities. This is possible within a company which maps both production and consumption of hydrogen on its own premises. It is also possible between different companies across the value chain. The platform can have various levels depending on network depth and undertake several tasks depending on the application scenario. By way of example, some network levels and their functionalities are described below:

  • Dashboarding: A dashboard can be integrated as an initial expansion stage at the lowest level of the platform with the lowest degree of cross-linking. This is where expansion targets and the status of current projects are to be listed as well as enabling stakeholders in the hydrogen industry to present their projects. This generally serves the purpose of creating transparency in terms of, e.g., the statuses of previous German hydrogen projects, the active stakeholders in the individual links of the value chain in addition to current trends and best practice.
  • Communication and collaboration: In a logical continuation of the initial expansion stage, the platform can be used as a space for communication and collaboration. This function allows a secure, intelligent and efficient exchange of data in real time across the entire value chain. Regardless of whether it is within project consortia or between various projects or stakeholders from the hydrogen sector, when it comes to the simple exchange of news, files or other information, the key problem so far has been how to facilitate effective communication between industry players and provide access to information in one place. For this to happen, it is vital that there is a common database that all industry players can access. Be it verified empirical figures on electrolyzer or pipeline longevity, hydrogen production costs or demand forecasts for the years ahead – there needs to be a trustworthy source that is the focal point for all members of the hydrogen community. Simply by registering on the platform, participants are able to share, retrieve and comment on information as well as being allocated selective read and write permissions or the facility to create various groups. One practical application is the ability to ask companies about their estimated future hydrogen demand via the platform. This works best if companies throughout Germany are surveyed together in one place than if each region carries out a separate survey at considerable additional expense.
  • Handling day-to-day business: In addition to use for expansion projects, day-to-day hydrogen operations can also be integrated into the platform. This is where the individual modules that represent the individual entities in the hydrogen value chain become important. The electrolyzer module, for example, contains the electrolyzer operators which receive information about the predicted excess green power from the electricity traders from the power generation module. They, in turn, can transmit their predicted feed-in quantities to the gas network operators in the downstream pipeline network module. The traders and suppliers then receive the current hydrogen prices through real-time data, enabling them to offer their customers various hydrogen packages: a standard package that, similar to the futures market, guarantees a constant hydrogen price over a long period, or short-term packages consisting of green hydrogen derived from low-cost excess green power which are therefore much more economical. In this scenario, the industrial off-takers need to have a certain degree of flexibility in relation to the scheduled delivery time for a certain proportion of the hydrogen they have ordered. Industrial off-takers have to find the right mix of short-term procurement which is usually cheaper and long-term procurement which is more secure but also more expensive.

Fig. 2: Schematic representation of a modular digital platform for the entire hydrogen value chain

This holistic approach allows synergies to be created and for hydrogen to be produced, distributed and used with maximum cost efficiency and energy efficiency as well as in line with the availability of excess renewable energy. The next section provides a detailed illustration of how the electrolyzer module and the electricity module interact and what added value can be created for the German energy supply system.

Concept for lowering production costs

So far, green hydrogen has been seen as the expensive “Champagne” of the energy transition. To change this, the cost of its production must be drastically lowered. While electrolyzer hardware (capital expenditure) is generally decreasing, the price of electricity of a particular location is the biggest factor in operational expenditure and dominates the overall hydrogen production costs in Germany. Therefore, in order to save costs, synergies need to be created between hydrogen synthesis and power generation. Fundamentally, green power from wind and photovoltaics would be the cheapest form of electricity, were it not so volatile. Because of this volatility, expensive gas power plants, which could be made hydrogen compatible in the long term, need to spring into action during lulls in solar and wind generation to cover the residual load. Since it is always the most expensive producer that determines the electricity price of all suppliers on the energy exchange, this raises the electricity price and thereby indirectly also the price for hydrogen produced in Germany (the hydrogen-green power paradox).

One solution to this is certainly to import low-cost hydrogen via pipeline from Portugal or northern Spain. However, this cannot be the only solution due to the need for security of supply and resilience in the German energy system. The key lies in the use of excess renewable energy for hydrogen synthesis. What is also clear is that to meet demand and keep capital expenditure low, electrolyzers require a high level of utilization and cannot just be operated when excess power is available. Nevertheless, hydrogen can ultimately only be produced economically in Germany if at least a large proportion is actually produced during those periods when there is excess renewable power available, thereby making it reasonably priced on the spot market. Hydrogen producers must be proactive in identifying these periods – and this is where digitalization comes into play.

Weather forecasts and spot market

The principle is well known: Weather algorithms forecast periods with especially high wind and PV potential and share this data with electrolyzer operators. They then place orders on the spot market for the low-cost electricity which is available during these periods. This not only avoids the need for network operators to curtail wind farm power generation (in 2021, approx. 6 terawatt-hours of renewable energy was curtailed due to grid congestion). It also enables electrolyzer operators to produce hydrogen more cost-effectively. However, this only works in the case of power purchasing on the spot market.

Many companies shy away from spot market procurement due to the presumed additional effort and price risk and instead prefer to make long-range purchases of electricity on the futures market. Yet those who buy electricity at the right time can save money compared with procurement purely through the futures market. Such obstacles affecting companies can be removed through the creation of a digital tool that combines everything in a single interface whereby weather forecasts and power purchasing are integrated into the electrolyzer control system for hydrogen production, with communication via secure interfaces. Embedding these meteorological predictions can, on the one hand, help Germany exploit more of its renewable energy potential and, on the other hand, enable hydrogen to be produced for German industry at lower cost.

Author: Fabian Rundel, August-Wilhelm Scheer Institut für digitale Produkte und Prozesse gGmbH

A new energy infrastructure is emerging

A new energy infrastructure is emerging

“Green” and “blue” ammonia from other continents to come to Europe

Ammonia produced from electrolysis-generated hydrogen is to become the green energy carrier and sustainable basic chemical of the future. The infrastructure for the import is being created at lightning speed. In Hamburg and Brunsbüttel, new terminals are to start operation in 2026.

In the hydrogen sector, Japan has often been ahead of its time. In 2014, the Japanese government adopted its fourth strategic energy plan. Hydrogen and fuel cells were already high on the list back then. At the same time, various import options were to be investigated. One of them was ammonia.

Ammonia consists, as the chemical formula NH3 reveals, of nitrogen and hydrogen. If produced from hydrogen obtained electrolytically using renewable energies as well as nitrogen from the ambient air, it could become a climate-friendly energy source of the future. In contrast to pure hydrogen, it is comparatively easy to transport: Ammonia becomes liquid under ambient pressure “already” at ‑33 °C or at 20 °C with just under 9 bar. Additionally, the energy density of liquid ammonia lies with 11.4 GJ/m3 substantially over that of liquid hydrogen with 8.52 GJ/m3.

Cracking eats up energy

With so-termed crackers, the ammonia can basically be broken down into hydrogen and nitrogen again. However, this involves an endothermic process. The Fraunhofer Institute for system and innovation research (Fraunhofer ISI) therefore warns in a metastudy on hydrogen import against high conversion losses and high costs when ammonia is used as a carrier to get hydrogen again in the end.

But this is not necessary for all applications, since ammonia can also be used directly as a fuel. Especially in ship transport could ammonia be a promising fuel. Japan wants to use the pungent-smelling gas primarily in coal-fired power plants. There has already been a test run. Starting 2021, the companies JERA and IHI have substituted 20 percent of the fuel in a gigawatt-level coal-fired plant with ammonia. Now, the first commercial terminals are being built. A consortium around Mitsubishi wants to convert a terminal in the port of Namikata to ammonia, and the duo IHI and Vopak are checking where in Japan further import terminals could be built.

Europe setting the pace

Since the energy crisis, Europe has also been flooring it. For this, it is convenient that there are already commercial shipping routes for ammonia. Around 20 million tonnes are transported by ship annually, mainly for the production of fertilizers. That the fertilizer giant Yara International with 15 ships and access to 18 ammonia terminals operates, according to its own information, the largest shipping and logistics network for this is therefore no surprise. But if ammonia is to become an energy source, its transport will need to be able to increase significantly.

At the beginning of 2024, the Dutch Institute for Sustainable Process Technology (ISPT) published a “Clean Ammonia Roadmap.” Following this, alone in industry cluster Antwerp-Rotterdam-Rhine-Ruhr could up to 25 million tonnes of “clean” ammonia be generated and imported. The Port of Rotterdam could develop into a central transshipment and storage site. According to the ISPT study, up to three million tonnes annually could be further transported from the Netherlands and Belgium to Germany.

New and retrofitted terminals

To bring ammonia directly to Germany, several terminals are to be built or expanded. In Hamburg, October 2022, the port company HHLA test-imported ammonia in a shipping container from Abu Dhabi, with which the copper producer Aurubis was able to test the substitution of natural gas – an action that seems rather symbolic. For the real use, the energy company Mabanaft plans an import capacity of 600,000 tonnes per year, which is to be available starting 2026.

On the Blumensand Tank Terminal operated by Mabanaft’s subsidiary Oiltanking Deutschland, a tank for the storage of liquid ammonia is to appear. A cracker is to be able to split the ammonia into nitrogen and hydrogen. In preparation for the approval procedure, a so-termed scoping meeting has now taken place with the environmental authority, at which, together with directly affected neighbors, environmental groups and other specialists, the scope of the voluntary environmental impact assessment was discussed.

Via the new terminal in Brunsbüttel, RWE wants to import around 300,000 tonnes of green ammonia annually. Here, too, 2026 is targeted as the starting year. Not really that much when you compare it with the planned LNG terminal, through which 8 billion cubic meters of liquefied natural gas are to be transported to Germany every year. Comparing the energy content, that’s about 1,560 GWh of ammonia and 80,000 GWh of LNG.

RWE also announced plans to build a cracker to break down some of the ammonia back into hydrogen and nitrogen. Through the energy loss, the relationship between ammonia and LNG drifts further apart. RWE stressed, however, that a retrofit of the LNG terminal for ammonia is to be later possible.

Fewer headlines than the planned new construction have been made by both existing terminals of Yara in Brunsbüttel and Rostock, Germany, in contrast, which the company has so far only used for its own needs. Already about 600,000 tonnes of ammonia arrive in Rostock annually. In total, according to the company’s information, Yara has the ability to deliver 3 million tonnes of clean ammonia, if the demand is available.

Distribution by rail or pipeline

One of the first customers of Yara could be the Leipzig-based natural gas company VNG. The two companies signed a corresponding cooperation agreement in spring 2023. Also Mabanaft in Hamburg has already named the process gas producer Air Products as an anchor customer. RWE is currently examining whether and how ammonia can be further transported by rail in Germany. Also on board is the rail transport company VTG.

The transport of ammonia by rail is not new, but it carries a higher risk than by sea. After all, ammonia not only smells unpleasant, it also attacks the respiratory tract. In the past, accidents involving injuries or even fatalities have repeatedly occurred during transport by train and truck through busy areas, including in Serbia in December 2022 and in the US state of Iowa September 2023. The Bulgarian fertilizer company Agropolychim, after the accident, is now investing in a new fleet of ammonia tankers.

According to a study by Dutch think tank ISPT, pipelines could make the transport of ammonia over land much safer. There are so far around 7,600 kilometers of ammonia pipelines worldwide. In the past 50 years, there have only been eleven accidents, none of which resulting in fatalities.

Fig. 2: Starting 2030, LOTTE Chemical, Mitsubishi and RWE want to produce ammonia in Texas together, Source: RWE

Where does green ammonia come from?

Before the ammonia can be imported to Germany, however, it must first be produced. A hotspot for this is expected to be Namibia with its H2 megaproject Hyphen Hydrogen Energy. With the German company Enertrag as shareholder, the path to hydrogen is practically paved out. The megaproject is set to supply one million tonnes of ammonia, generated using wind and solar energy. Of this, RWE has already reserved 300,000 tonnes by means of a letter of intent. But looking at the quantities cited by ISPT, the currently targeted production in Namibia will not suffice.

RWE therefore has also reported a partnership with the Korean LOTTE Chemical and the Japanese Mitsubishi Group. Together, the companies are investigating the establishment of production of up to 10 million metric tons of ammonia per year in the US state of Texas. Involved are both “blue” and “green” ammonia, and production is to start in 2030. With this, RWE is equally fulfilling a recommendation of Fraunhofer ISI: Join forces with other future importing nations instead of creating a competitive situation.

Author: Eva Augsten

Fuel cell systems for grid hardening

Fuel cell systems for grid hardening

Interview with Christian Leu and Benedikt Eska from Axiosus

An important but often neglected area of application for H2 technology is the uninterrupted supply of power. To prevent flickering lights and even more so blackouts, so-termed UPS (uninterruptible power supply) systems are indispensable. In the best-case scenario, when the network is stable, they will not be used, but their presence is nevertheless of central importance. H2-international spoke about this to Benedikt Eska and Christian Leu, the managing directors of Axiosus Energy GmbH, as well as about the company itself and the technology platform Clean Power Net (CPN).

Fig.: Christian Leu

H2-international: Let’s start with your FC and hydrogen CV. You have both been in the H2 business for some time already. Since when and where or as what?

Leu: It all started when I started working as a development engineer for fuel cell technology at the Berlin start-up Heliocentris in 1998. Most recently, I was responsible for the stationary fuel cell power supply product line there and during this time involved in the first commercial roll-outs for FC grid replacement systems at the radio communications service BOS in Germany.

Eska: My first serious contact with the subject of fuel cells was over 25 years ago already. In 2001, I then started at Proton Motor and was one of the people responsible for the IPO in London in 2006. In 2009, I founded my consulting company with focus on fuel cells and hydrogen.

Mr. Leu, after this long time at Heliocentris, you were initially active alone in Berlin. Why then did you join forces with Mr. Eska?

Leu: Following the insolvency of Heliocentris in 2017, I took over a position at the firm ITK Engineering, a company within the Bosch Group, for the development of expertise and business in the field of hydrogen and fuel cell technology. Over time, I developed the desire not only to support developers, but above all to help users successfully bring finished developments into commercial use in the long term. As this was not compatible with the business model of ITK, I was looking for opportunities for my own business. In Benedikt, I found an ideal partner – like-minded and complementary in experiences and strengths.

Mr. Eska, after these years of working independently – what prompted you to found your own company with Mr. Leu??

Eska: There were more and more requests in my consulting company asking if I could also help with implementation. For this reason, I had been thinking about changing my legal form for some time and putting my business on a broader footing. Then, something of a coincidence conspired, as I phoned Christian at the right moment. After having already worked together on other occasions, we had an intensive exchange and saw common ground. Admittedly, before COVID and the learning curve with online meetings, we probably wouldn’t have founded the company together in this form a few years ago.

When exactly did you start working together?

Eska: We founded the company together in 2022, but we actually already knew each other from the VDMA (German association for mechanical engineers) working group on fuel cells, or really – for those who know it – from the predecessor AK Berta. That must have been around 2003 or 2004.

Before we come to your services: What does Axiosus stand for?

Leu: We often get this question, of course. Axiosus is a made-up word and already has our field of activity in its name. Axiosus is composed of the Greek axiópistos for “reliable” and the English “sustainability.” Axiosus Energy therefore stands for reliable, sustainable energy supply solutions.

I see. What exactly do you offer then?

Eska: We see ourselves strongly at the interface between system providers and users. The suppliers want to focus on their standard products, and the users are looking for an optimal solution for themselves. We bring both sides together. This starts with the technical conception and site planning through to implementation on site with the various builders. For this, we rely on our partners, for example from the electrical and civil engineering industry. From the user’s point of view, we can also act as a general contractor for suitable projects. We act manufacturer-neutral and open to all technologies.

In summary, there are two pillars: consulting and project development. Our hardware projects are currently mainly in the area of emergency power supply for critical infrastructure. We also provide consulting services in the fields of electrolysis, hydrogen supply and strategic-technological corporate development.

Can you please give us an insight into how big the market for this is – here in Germany alone?

Leu: Without taking into account other applications from other areas of critical infrastructure, 3,800 base stations are in operation in the BOS radio network alone, with power requirements of less than 5 kW. In the service range, we tend to assume more than 10,000 applications with high availability requirements.

You look after, for example, the BOS digital radio in Brandenburg. Can you briefly discuss what you’re doing there with respect to this project?

Eska: In Brandenburg, we are are working as subcontractors of the fuel cell manufacturer Advent Technologies from Denmark. We coordinate all necessary planning and installation work for emergency power systems. We are also the first point of contact for technical questions for the operator. In the next phase, we will also take care of the maintenance and service work.

There’s this great term “grid hardening.” What does that mean?

Leu: The aim of grid hardening is to secure the entire BOS radio network for 72 hours. For this purpose, the existing battery UPS systems are usually supplemented by stationary emergency power systems. Many of the German states rely on fuel cell solutions for this.

Axiosus was at a CPN workshop in 2022, but isn’t, according to the website, a partner of Clean Power Net (CPN). This alliance has been very quiet in recent years. This was once one of the lighthouse projects (Leuchturmprojekt) of the German administrative agency for hydrogen and fuel cell technology (NOW). Is anything still happening there?

Eska: We see CPN as a valuable alliance of manufacturers and suppliers. As we are not members ourselves, we cannot comment on current CPN activities. As guests at the 2022 workshop, we were able to report on our operating experience in Brandenburg.

What is your latest project?

Leu: In our latest project, we are currently helping a big company with the design and procurement of hydrogen storage systems along with the associated logistics concept. We are also continuing to build up our company. First of all, we need to recruit more staff this year in order to meet demand. If all inquiries materialize, we will be able to provide larger power supply services and other orders as a general contractor.

Last question: Are you actually also internationally active?

Eska: Even though we have not been operating for long under Axiosus Energy, we already have customers from both EU and non-EU countries. Our collaboration with the Danish Advent Technologies A/S we’ve already mentioned.

Thank you very much for your answers to the questions.

Interviewer: Sven Geitmann

New CFO for H-Tec Systems

New CFO for H-Tec Systems

Electrolyzer manufacturer H-Tec Systems underwent restructuring at the turn of the year and brought in Markus Weber to join the team as chief financial officer. Up until now, the position had been held by Frank Zimmermann who decided to leave the company of his own accord. CEO Robin von Plettenberg explained: “Given his wealth of experience in large multinationals, Markus Weber is the ideal replacement for the post of chief financial officer (CFO). His wide-ranging experience in transformative and dynamic working environments will be beneficial for the international growth of H-Tec Systems.”

Weber, who has a degree in business administration, was previously employed by listed company Jenoptik where he was responsible for the financial department in his role as executive vice president of controlling and accounting. Before that, he held various leadership positions at Würzburg-based printing press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer, at elumatec and in the Voith Group. According to Weber, H-Tec Systems, which is a subsidiary of MAN Energy Solutions, is a “rapidly growing company in the vitally important field of renewables, both in terms of Germany as well as the international market.”

As of March 2024, four new vice presidents have also been appointed at H-Tec Systems: Jochen Straub, Nima Pegemanyfar, Bernd Behnke and Claudio Bravo Granadino.

One-man show continues to grow

One-man show continues to grow

Hydrogeit Verlag celebrates its 20th anniversary

The Hydrogeit Verlag publishing house has been reporting on hydrogen and fuel cell technology for more than 20 years. In these two decades, what was once a one-man operation has now become a key player in the H2 community, providing information and comment through its books and particularly through its specialist journal H2-international and its German counterpart HZwei.

It all began with a book with a very rudimentary design that was published single-handedly in 2002. The title: “Wasserstoff und Brennstoffzellen – Die Technik von morgen” (Hydrogen and Fuel Cells – The Technology of Tomorrow). Due to a lack of enthusiasm from existing publishers at that time, not to mention the outrageously low remuneration that would have been offered to the author, the first edition was released as a “book on demand,” a printing and copying process suitable for small print runs which emerged in the early aughts.

Despite its simplistic layout, the publication still managed to find an interested readership – not least because of the lack of other books on hydrogen – as did the booklet on “Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzellen-Projekte” (Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Projects) published shortly afterward. The book attracted the attention of graphic designer Andreas Wolter, who liked the content but thought the layout was “unworthy” and offered to raise the quality bar for the second edition. And so it was that the reworked edition appeared two years later with a slick new design, published by the newly founded Hydrogeit Verlag.

Thus Andreas Wolter was the first to join our ever-growing team. A team that makes Hydrogeit Verlag what it is today: the first, and still only, specialist publisher for hydrogen and fuel cells.

Heartfelt thanks!

We’d also like to extend a very special thank-you to everyone who has played a part in creating the books, magazines, websites and newsletters: Henrike Hiersig and Robert Müller, who never fail to be utterly reliable and conscientious in their layout work; Dione Gutzmer, who has proofread so meticulously from the start; Wolf and Kathrin Lewitz, who for many years have showed their creativity in handling all things online; Nicole Helmich and Ina Woryna from fulfillment company VAH Jager, who initially took over the shipping and now also handle the billing; Michael Suckow from printec who, along with his team, brings our creations to life in print, as well as Karlee Archer and Nicola Bottrell Hayward for rendering the German articles into English.

And – crucially – the ever-growing editorial team with Eva Augsten, Sven Jösting, Monika Rößiger, Niels Hendrik Petersen and Aleksandra Fedorska in addition to many others who – time permitting – can always be relied upon to contribute valuable content.

Needless to say, there have also been many others involved in the wide array of publishing projects, be it the hydrogen CD, the teaching material on batteries and fuel cells, the study pack on renewable raw materials or diverse books that have been and will continue to be issued.

Thanks also go to the numerous project partners that over this long period have had a considerable influence on the development of the publishing house and thus likewise on the development of the renewables sector. And, of course, we thank our loyal readers.

It is all thanks to you that Hydrogeit Verlag continues to grow and that – at least to a certain degree – the H2 and FC industry is where it is today. It’s certainly no exaggeration to say that this small publishing house has succeeded in reaching many readers, among them a number of decision-makers, something which has likely helped hydrogen and fuel cells move beyond its niche and into the mainstream.

And with this in mind, we are excited to see what may lie ahead.

Author: Sven Geitmann

Hüwener to lead OGE

Hüwener to lead OGE

Thomas Hüwener will become the new management spokesman for transmission system operator OGE from July 1, 2024. The 52-year-old, who has held various positions at the company since 2001, was appointed by the supervisory board to succeed Jörg Bergmann, who is taking planned retirement after approximately 30 years in diverse roles at OGE – more than 15 years of which was spent as a member of the executive board.

Lincoln Hillier Webb, chairman of OGE’s supervisory board, commented: “With Thomas Hüwener, we have not only been able to attract an outstanding candidate for the position of spokesman – we are also demonstrating that we want to continue on the path of transformation we have embarked on.” Speaking on the subject of his new post, Hüwener said: “We have many decisive years ahead of us – both in the development of the hydrogen network and in the establishment of a CO2 transportation system. Together with the OGE team, I look forward to tackling these challenges and productively shaping the future of the company.”