12 October 2023 / Akademie der Künste, Berlin

“2023 - the year of hydrogen: where are we on the H₂ core grid and the green transformation?”

This was the title of this year's Energy Policy Dialogue at the Akademie der Künste in Berlin on 12 October. The main focus was on the (partly missing) speed of the H2 core grid & H2 ramp-up.

In his opening statement, Jörg Bergmann emphasised the great importance of accelerating the H2 ramp-up and the H2 core grid: "From my point of view, we need a racing car to accelerate to the appropriate speed, which is indispensable for the successful hydrogen ramp-up. Let's get to work now and together - the energy sector with politics, authorities, business, industry and society - create the right conditions for us to succeed in the green transformation."

This year, we were once again able to attract exciting experts from the energy industry as panelists for the subsequent panel discussion: Lars Baumgürtel (CEO, ZINQ), Dr Christine Falken-Großer (Head of the Hydrogen Policy Unit, BMWK), Simon Müller (Director Germany, Agora Energiewende) and Dr Sopna Sury (COO Hydrogen, RWE Generation SE). Among other things, they discussed the question of what else is needed for the H2 ramp-up in addition to the H2 core network. There was agreement that the H2 core network is a milestone on the way to the H2 era. But more speed is now needed for the H2 ramp-up so that small and medium-sized enterprises - just like large-scale industry - can start decarbonising. This is the only way we can achieve the goal of climate neutrality by 2045 and regain pole position in the international competition of national economies.

These were the panelists:
  • Lars Baumgürtel Managing Partner of the ZINQ Group
  • Dr. Jörg Bergmann Chairman of the Management Board, OGE
  • Dr. Christine Falken-GroßerHead of Hydrogen – Coordination, BMWK
  • Simon MüllerDirector Germany, Agora Energiewende
  • Dr. Sopna SuryChief Operating Officer Hydrogen and Member of the Board of RWE Generation SE
  • Moderator: Ina Böttcherfreelance journalist