Hydrogen policy in California (in German only)

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Piria, Raffaele und Pia Kerres 2019: Hydrogen policy in California (in German only). Berlin: adelphi.

Translated title: Wasserstoffpolitik in Kalifornien (in German only)

Hydrogen is increasingly being presented as a solution in the context of mobility. Hydrogen can significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions of the sector if it is produced from renewable energies. This study analyses the role of hydrogen in the mobility sector in California.

In the near future, the demand for green hydrogen by fuel cell electric vehicles in California will remain negligible. However, the long-term vision of a supply of green hydrogen has recently become the focus of more and more attention, as the first part of the study shows.

The second part examines the promotion of hydrogen applications in the transport sector, which is the main focus of the Californian hydrogen policy. The transport sector is traditionally not only California's largest source of greenhouse gases by far, but also its biggest problem in terms of air pollution control. The importance of air pollution control and the lack of opposition from the non-existing traditional automotive industry are factors that explain California's leading position in the market introduction of alternative propulsion technologies, including fuel cell electric vehicles. California's goal is to bring 1.5 million zero emission vehicles onto the roads by 2025 and 5 million by 2030. To this end, various subsidies are available to accelerate the market launch of these vehicles. In addition, there is an ambitious timetable to set up the necessary refuelling station infrastructure as quickly as possible and thus solve the eternal "chicken and egg" problem. The last part of the study analyses the use of hydrogen in public transport, as California's entire public transport bus fleet is to become emission-free by 2040.

Further publications in the series