On Friday, August 28, an online meeting of the organizing committee of the Russian-German Raw Materials Forum took place. Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University Vladimir Litvinenko and ex-Federal Minister of Germany Klaus Töpfer, the co-chairs of the Forum, took part in it along with RF Deputy Minister of Energy Pavel Sorokin, Aide to the Chief of Staff of the RF Presidential Administration of Kirill Molodtsov, Head of the Department of Energy Policy of Germany Torsten Herdan, representatives of the executive authorities, representatives of academia and business of both countries, of the German federal energy agency DENA, Verbundnetz Gas, Uniper, NOW, Siemens, Gazprom, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in particular, and many others.
The main issue on the agenda was the prospects for hydrogen as an energy resource and fuel for vehicles. As Vladimir Litvinenko noted, opening the meeting, the first element of the periodic table, of course, is today an object of general scientific interest and is capable of occupying a certain niche in the global energy system in the future. However, physical laws will not allow it to become the dominant resource.