After meeting with Germany’s leader Olaf Scholz, Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced Canada will work towards exporting green hydrogen to Germany by 2025, reports Climate Home News. The outlet calls this move a distraction from “Germany’s push to buy non-Russian fossil gas”. It says the prospect of green hydrogen exports has been described by energy experts as “unrealistic”. Bloomberg New Energy Finance
founder Michael Liebreich is quoted calling the alliance “hilarious”, adding that “no more than homeopathic quantities of [hydrogen] will ever move by ship”. Electrical engineering professor Arvind Ravikumar is quoted as saying: “This is more an LNG export deal than a hydrogen one, at least in the short term…because transporting [liquified hydrogen] like [liquified natural gas] is an expensive, leaky and uneconomic endeavour”. During the trip, Scholz also urged Trudeau’s government to build shipping terminals on its east coast to export LNG to Europe, CHN reports. Die Zeit
says that the hydrogen is to be generated primarily by wind power in the Canadian Atlantic provinces of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick and then shipped across the Atlantic to Germany as ammonia. Deutsche Welle
adds that a train line not far from Hamburg will start operating exclusively with hydrogen-powered trains, using a fleet of 14 produced by French company Alstom.
Meanwhile, the Guardian
reports that, to reduce the dependency of Germany’s economy on Russian gas, “Germany’s government has approved a bylaw restricting the heating of public buildings and banning illuminated advertising hoardings, in an effort to save energy and tackle soaring energy costs”. It says the legislation will come into force in just over a week and will initially remain in place for six months. Der Spiegel
reports that the federal cabinet has passed an ordinance requiring that “energy carrier transport by rail and the rail-bound transport of large transformers” will be given priority on the rail network to ensure that coal, oil and other means of production reach the power plants and refineries quickly enough in an emergency. However, federal transport minister Volker Wissing is quoted saying that “this can also mean that passenger trains have to wait”. Companies such as Uniper SE have have faced difficulties getting enough coal to keep power plants fully operating, says Bloomberg
. And Reuters
has an “exclusive” based on a document it has seen showing that “Germany’s government is concerned about possible problems with the coal supply for power plants in the autumn and winter due to low water levels on the river Rhine and the oil supply in eastern parts of the country”.
Elsewhere in German news, Die Zeit
reports that the opposition Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party wants to stop a gas levy of 2.419 cents per kilowatt hour saying that it was “crafted extremely poorly” and is also “antisocial”. Der Spiegel
adds that, according to the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), the gas levy should only help companies threatened with bankruptcy.
Finally, in the first six months of this year, Germany saw a 22% jump in the installation of solar systems, compared with the same period last year, according to data shared with CNN
by the German Solar Association. “This [demand] has only gotten stronger with the war against Ukraine, which is happening on our doorstep,” David Wedepohl, managing director of the German Solar Association, tells the outlet. And, in wider European news, Reuters
says that “European power prices are surging to fresh records as France grapples with lower nuclear output, adding further pressure to wholesale energy markets already struggling with vastly lower Russian gas supply”.