Green hydrogen is
the energy of the future
FOOD-Lab interview with Heinz J. Sturm, engineer,
graduate expert on hydrogen/fuel cells, Bonn/"Bonn Climate Project”
Mr. Sturm, you are an internationally sought-after expert
for hydrogen fuel cell technology. You operate the Climate
Technology Center, CTC Bonn, in Meckenheim near
Bonn and work closely with the Climate Secretariat of the
United Nations. How do you see the prospects for this
H. Sturm: Federal Economics Minister Altmaier and Federal Environment
Minister Schulze want a quick entry into the hydrogen
economy. Their goal is "to organize a market ramp-up of hydrogen
here in Germany as quickly as possible", she recently told
the Handelsblatt. But her further goal is also to present German
technologies internationally as quickly as possible and at the
same time to integrate the world.
Why do you believe that the location Bonn has the best
chances to implement concrete projects?
Especially the Federal City of Bonn, an international city in climate
protection for 25 years, has the potential to immediately
make German hydrogen technologies known worldwide. For this
purpose, we immediately use the "Bonn Climate Project; the case
for hydrogen" and of course the headquarters of the BMU (and
the UN Climate Secretariat) in Bonn and get a time advantage of
many years, also due to our preparations. From my point of view,
the SPD should be involved in the establishment of an international
support and working group "Green Hydrogen" in Bonn.
We invite the industry, trade, crafts, international clients,
and the map policy, research/development, universities for
active participation and direct worldwide dissemination of our
knowledge and appropriate technologies.
What do you think about Green Hydrogen for the food
industry, the fourth largest economic sector in Germany
with about 6000 companies?
The food industry operates vehicle fleets of all kinds, on the
road, in logistics centers; the industry needs energy for buildings
and supermarkets, it needs hydrogen for the production of
food, and much more. And the food industry in particular needs
a "green seal" in terms of the energy used in all areas and climate
protection. There is now an enormous demand for green
energy in all areas in the form of hydrogen.
How do you assess the various political projects?
I am convinced that international climate protection, in particular
and in a concentrated form, can be carried out and coordinated
as quickly as possible by our Federal City of Bonn in
cooperation with the UN Climate Secretariat and another 100
internationally active environmental protection organisations. It
is not for nothing that more and more internationally active
organisations are coming to Bonn to participate in the important
work of climate protection, with the aim of achieving this
goal, to accelerate the work and work hand in hand.
The parties do not have a mature concept and program! If you
look at the work of the CDU and SPD (and also the Greens) and
the coalition on climate protection from a distance and look at it
neutrally, you will see that there is no clear line. The methodology
is completely lacking, it is a jumble that is getting bigger every day.
How can we proceed in concrete terms?
Take part in the Bonn Climate Project! A large international pilot
project in Bonn is underway and can be presented immediately,
as it is fully prepared. Within a few weeks we can promote
Green Hydrogen for active climate protection worldwide from
Bonn and invite all stakeholders and government representatives