Industrial gas giant Messer has welcomed measures set out by Germany’s federal government to tackle the advance of climate change.

An agreement released by a coalition consisting of German politicial parties SPD, Die Grunen and FDP will aim to expand the development of renewable energies such as green hydrogen to accelerate the energy transition. 

Air separation and electrolysis are two processes required to create green hydrogen, both of which require electricity. 

The coalition has applied its expansion of renewable energies to all long-term electricity supply agreements (PPAs), in addition to expanding the potential of photovoltaics and wind power. 

With its previous initiatives such as an agreement with Siemens Energy signed last year to cooperate on hydrogen electrolysis, Messer is set to play a role in increasing the applications of green hydrogen, particularly within the mobility sector. 

To help ensure the German government meets its net zero targets in the ‘near future’, Messer has developed solutions relating to the refuelling of hydrogen-powered vehicles, such as its ‘One-Stop-Shop’ – a hydrogen supply and refuelling station for buses created alongside the Toyota Group. 

As part of this solution, the One-Stop-Shop will also provide the buses themselves, technical service and financing, with bus fleet operators paying per km driven or per kg of hydrogen consumed. 

The coalition intends to boost its green hydrogen ambitions by introducing new measures, such as quotas for the public procurement of hydrogen and an increase in electrolysis capacity to 10 gigawatts by 2030. 

According to Messer, further measures need to be taken to support the government’s green focus, including the strengthening of European import partnerships and continued development of H2Global, an initiative to support electrolyser projects overseas. 

Promotion and financing of projects relating to green innovation will also be strengthened, as well as Messer’s focus on the development of marketing models for green hydrogen.