In the opinion of a significant part of the scientific community, both in Russia and in Europe, H2 cannot become a resource for global energy.
On Thursday, September 10, the rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko held an online working meeting with the acting Consul General of the FRG in St. Petersburg Ute Kach-Egli. The parties exchanged views on the prospects for hydrogen as a global energy resource.
Until recently, the Bundestag saw natural gas and renewable sources, primarily wind generators and solar panels, as the basis of its energy system in the foreseeable planning horizons. It was thought to be the best mix that would allow minimizing CO2 emissions and at the same time guaranteeing the sustainability of the country's economic development, given the significant volume of consumption, both from households and enterprises.
However, this year everything has changed, and unexpectedly for many, the stake was made on hydrogen. After a number of scientific publications about the ambiguity of the prospects of the first issue of the periodic table as a resource for global energy, supported by both Russian and European scientists, the German business community expressed concern about the relevance of the chosen development strategy. Indeed, now it is not entirely clear to specialized companies whether the mass introduction of the lightest gas in nature will take place. This means that the feasibility of investments in projects related to it and other energy resources is not clear either.
Questions arose about the future cooperation of our countries, which was largely based on the fact that Germany was interested in importing hydrocarbons from Russia, and hence in the progressive development of the oil and gas industry. Now what? What are the prospects for our cooperation in the future, including within the framework of the Russian-German Raw Materials Forum, the founders of which are the St. Petersburg Mining University, the Freiberg Mining Academy, as well as the companies Gazprom and Verbundenz Gas?