Even Jules Verne already predicted a brilliant future for hydrogen: “Tomorrow’s energy is water broken down by electricity. The elements of water broken down in this way, hydrogen and oxygen, will secure the Earth’s energy supply for the foreseeable future,” he wrote in his novel “The Mysterious Island”, published in 1874. Almost 150 years later, the German Federal Government adopts the National Hydrogen Strategy. The fiction of Jules Verne becomes the declared goal: according to Federal Minister of Education and Research Anja Karliczek, green hydrogen is the energy source of the future, and Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter Altmaier wants to make Germany the world’s number one in hydrogen technologies.
There is still a lot to be done to fulfil the hopes that rest on the gaseous lightweight. However, Jülich researchers are confident that it can succeed. They have been working for years in various fields to pave the way for hydrogen. Our cover story shows what already works and what is still missing.
You can also read how Jülich builds a knowledge bridge to Palestine, how the “soil pantry” always stays well stocked and that debates about research results are part of the knowledge process.
We hope you enjoy this issue!
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Authors of this issue: Marcel Bülow, Janosch Deeg, Dr. Frank Frick, Christian Hohlfeld, Anke Krüger, Jannis Lindner, Dr. Regine Panknin, Martha Peters, Dr. Arndt Reuning, Tobias Schlößer, Dr. Barbara Schunk, Brigitte Stahl-Busse, Angela Wenzik, Erhard Zeiss
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