Studies on the different aspects of a future hydrogen market are published almost daily. In the following, the intention is to give an overview of this study landscape. But three studies shall be introduced in more detail because they show the aspects of the current German discussion and the different perspectives nicely:
The German Hydrogen Council commissioned three research institutes of the Fraunhofer Group (System and Innovation Research (ISI), Solar Energy Systems (ISE), Energy Infrastructure and Geothermal Energy (IEG)) with a "Meta Study Hydrogen", to assess the future demand for hydrogen in Europe and Germany. The study was published at the beginning of June. The study is worthy of attention because the German Hydrogen Counsel is the official consultancy body for hydrogen of the German government and makes important recommendations for the implementation of the national hydrogen strategy.
The Öko-Institut, a research institute and thinktank focussing on ecological issues, did a study "Hydrogen Strategy 2.0" for Stiftung Klimaneutralität (Climate Neutrality Foundation), also a thinktank. At the end of May, the study was published and introduced at a press conference. Rainer Baake is the director of the foundation. Until the end of the last electoral term, he was secretary of state in the German Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Allegedly, Mr Baake is one of the fathers of the German Act on Renewable Energies (EEG). As the secretary of state, he pushed forward the German energy transition - often against resistance from the traditional energy industry. In Berlin, political observers wonder whether he will play a role in the next German government after the elections in September if the Green Party plays a major role in that government. Felix Matthes, who coordinates research of the Öko-Institut was a member of the team that worked on the study. He presented the results together with Mr Baake. Mr Matthes is one of the leading energy economists in Germany and a member of the National Hydrogen Council. This should be enough arguments to justify a closer consideration of the study.