Alternatives to fossil fuels have long been essential not only from an ecological point of view, but also form a promising, flourishing economic market for the future. Hydrogen is considered to be one of the most important energy carriers of the future. Due to its wide range of applications, hydrogen is becoming increasingly important within the maritime industry. However, for the establishment of a hydrogen economy, specifications are necessary with regard to framework conditions, goals and measures.
In spring 2021, the German Maritime Centre has assigned the Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) together with its partners Sphera Solutions GmbH as well as GMW Consultancy to conduct a study on this complex of topics.
The study prepared by ISL and its partners examines the national hydrogen strategy of the German government and the strategies of northern German states as well as the European Union. Furthermore, the framework conditions and development statuses of hydrogen and power-to-X (PtX) technologies are assessed from the perspective of the maritime industry in Germany. The study provides a broad overview of the current state of relevant hydrogen technologies. The main focus is set on two aspects "Maritime industry as consumer" and "Maritime industry as a logistics player".