Of the German companies in the energy industry, Uniper is probably working most consistently to develop a hydrogen business unit. The topic emerged for the first time in the presentation for investors, in which the results for the first half of 2019 were presented. At the time, there was one first project, the participation in the Energy Parc Bad Lauchstädt (Saxony-Anhalt). Jointly with Terawatt, an engineering company, VNG and the VNG affiliates VNG Gasspeicher (storage) and Ontras (TSO) as well as DBI – Gastechnologisches Institut (a research institution in Bad Lauchstädt), the whole value chain for green hydrogen is to be established. The project was picked in the first round of the funding programme Sandboxes for the Energy Transition (Reallabore der Energiewende). At the end of 2020, the project partners submitted the final application for supporting funds. They are now waiting for the approval that was already expected for mid-2021 (ener|gate Gasmarkt 05/21).
But back to Uniper: In 2020, the project pipeline was filled substantially. Uniper presented this slide in its presentation during Fortum’s Capital Market Day in December 2020. Since the end of 2020, more projects were added to the pipeline. Axel Wietfeld is the head of the business unit Hydrogen, which was founded in mid-2020 (ener|gate Gasmarkt 07/20). He is also the managing director of Uniper Hydrogen GmbH, the legal entity for the hydrogen business. ener|gate Gasmarkt talked to Mr Wietfeld about Uniper’s hydrogen business.