„Hydrogen: key element in the energy transition“
German Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy
The possible applications of hydrogen are broad and comprehensive: hydrogen is suitable as a raw material for industry, as a synthetic energy source or as a sustainable fuel for fuel cells (here you can find a graphic of how green hydrogen is produced as a sustainable fuel for fuel cells). It will play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of industry, in zero-emission mobility and in the generation of heat. For example, experts such as the global business initiative Hydrogen Council estimate that the share of climate-neutral hydrogen in final energy demand will grow from around 2 percent today to almost 20 percent within the next five years. The global market potential for the hydrogen economy is expected to exceed EUR 100 billion annually by the end of this decade. EUR 30 billion of this will be accounted for by pure value creation alone.
„Water is the coal of the future. Tomorrow's energy will be water that has been broken down by electric current. The elements of water – hydrogen and oxygen – broken down in this way, will secure the earth's energy supply for the unforeseeable future.“
in „The Mysterious Island“ (1874)
Rheinmetall is part of this value chain and a driver of this value creation. Hydrogen is an important element of our strategy. We deal with mobile as well as stationary applications of hydrogen technology. In addition to the safe production and distribution of hydrogen and data security for hydrogen infrastructure, the focus of our commitment will also be on the fuel cell system itself.
Today, Rheinmetall already has technologies and products that will be required in the evolution of the energy of the future: the spectrum ranges from renewable power generation and the production of hydrogen to its storage, its distribution and its use.
Note: Clicking on the Rheinmetall icons provides lists of Rheinmetall technologies and products that already support hydrogen use today.
Rheinmetall's expertise already plays a key role.
„For us, achieving climate neutrality is an opportunity, a challenge and an obligation all at the same time. We at Rheinmetall want to help shape the utilisation of hydrogen technology in the coming years and decades. With our experience and full commitment. Hydrogen is part of our strategy.“
Chairman of the Executive Board of Rheinmetall AG
Since September 2021, Rheinmetall has also been part of the "Wasserstoff- und Brennstoffzelleninitiative" (hydrogen and fuel cell initiative), which is supported financially by the German government and the German state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Rheinmetall is an industrial partner in the research and development consortium of the "Zentrum für Brennstoffzellen Technik" (the hydrogen and fuel cell center) in Duisburg, which has been selected as one of four "Innovations- und Technologiezentren für Wasserstofftechnologie" (innovation and technology centres for hydrogen technology funded in Germany.
The young racing team receives support from several sponsors. In some cases, it is enough to provide urgently needed but expensive components, as Rheinmetall does with its electric pumps.