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German innovation strategy to create ‘hydrogen republic’


Policy-setting paper reveals national research focus on alternative energy sources, space travel and social resilience

Germany aims to become a “hydrogen republic”, with future government spending to focus on creating technological leadership in this alternative energy source, according to a government strategy paper.

The paper, released on 8 February, sets out ways to channel research funding and innovation activities towards becoming a frontrunner in hydrogen energy. Hydrogen can be used in fuel cells and combustion engines as an alternative to petrol, and is considered a zero-emission energy source.

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