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Hydrogen – Outlook, strategy, technology

RWE, an important project partner for politics and business

How does this energy source of the future work?

Hydrogen is a natural chemical element and its energy content can be harnessed. The colourless, odourless gas is present on earth in virtually unlimited quantities. Hydrogen is 14 times lighter than air, burns CO2 free with a colourless flame and is neither flammable, corrosive nor radioactive. Hydrogen-rich feedstocks include natural gas, biomass and water. Today, hydrogen is most commonly produced from natural gas. In order to produce pure, unbound hydrogen, it has to be split with the aid of chemical, thermal or solar energy. Electrolysis is the process of using electricity for hydrogen production. If this electricity comes from renewable energy sources, such as wind or sun, the hydrogen is called green hydrogen. Grey hydrogen is a product of conventional production using fossil fuels such as natural gas. If the CO2 emissions produced here are not released, but are captured and stored, the hydrogen is called blue hydrogen.

RWE paves the way for use of green hydrogen

Hydrogen is considered a beacon of hope for climate-neutral power generation and can play an important role in a successful energy transition. For energy-intensive industries such as steel, chemicals or cement, hydrogen will be an important step towards carbon reduction, both as an energy source and as a raw material. As well as reducing CO2 emissions in industrial processes, hydrogen could become a sustainable fuel for the transport sector and, in the medium term, a sustainable fuel for Germany’s heat supply. The ever-increasing integration of applications - electricity and heat, transport and industry - is called sector coupling. RWE is working at full speed on green hydrogen projects together with partners from business, industry, research and politics. Green hydrogen is completely CO2-free, enables storage of solar and wind-generated electricity and thus represents a key technology for the goal of carbon neutrality.

Advantages at a glance:

  • Emission-free in production and local use
  • Safe to transport, store and handle
  • Can be used flexibly as a source of energy or raw material and can also be blended with natural gas within defined limits
  • Basis for the production of e-fuels, especially for cars, aircraft and ships
  • Low land use, high level of acceptance in society

Discover all RWE hydrogen projects

Schematic illustration of BDEW



RWE is a member of national and european initiatives for promoting and developing hydrogen


Questions on this topic


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