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Our Contribution to a Hydrogen Economy

We think about what is needed for a hydrogen economy and what Infineon can contribute to make it happen.

Dr-Reinhard-PlossGiven Infineon’s strong position in the electrification trend and our comprehensive system understanding, people often ask me about my view on hydrogen. A hydrogen economy is a much-discussed topic these days. Some are critical of it with an eye to the challenges in the way. Others state that climate neutrality can only be achieved with green hydrogen contributing to a lower-carbon energy mix. At Infineon, we are convinced that hydrogen will come to play an increasingly important role in the energy system in the 2020s, firstly by establishing an industry which enables a hydrogen economy and secondly by ramping the hydrogen production and use. Even if many problems are still to be solved, we see great potential in the production of hydrogen from renewable energy, as well as in its use in fuel cells and the conversion of hydrogen into synthetic fuels. We think about what is needed for a hydrogen economy and what Infineon can contribute to make it happen.

energyHydrogen can accelerate decarbonization and add flexibility to the energy system

Hydrogen can be used in multiple applications across sectors, in industrial processes, as heat in residential and commercial buildings or as transport fuel for long-range and heavy-duty commercial vehicles. It can be an especially valuable solution as an energy source in areas which are otherwise difficult to decarbonize – take the energy-intensive steel, chemical and cement industries as examples. In addition, hydrogen or ammonia could become a viable storage medium for renewable energy surpluses. Electricity won from wind and sun, which cannot be put to a productive use right away, would not be lost but could be saved for later, transported and retrieved whenever needed. This could help making the energy system more flexible and reducing the dependence on conventional, base load capable power plants further.

However, in order to exploit the full potential of hydrogen, we must find solutions to the challenges of production, storage, transport and use. For green hydrogen to become cost competitive with fossil fuels, we must continue to expand renewable energy generation significantly. In addition, enormous electrolysis capacities will be needed to turn green electricity into hydrogen. However, with the great efforts currently taken to build a hydrogen economy, I am confident that we will find viable solutions soon and build an industry, which brings the world a good step closer to #netzero.

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