Germany’s Economy Ministry has announced that the government will tender 10 GW of new natural gas-fired power plants that can be converted to run on hydrogen in the 2030s, as part of plans to ensure stable electricity supply and the proportion of wind and solar installations increases.
The Economy Ministry said that German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Economy Minister Robert Habeck, and Finance Minister Christian Lindner have agreed to fund the new plants from the Climate and Transition Fund.
Germany closed its last nuclear power plants in 2023, and is now seeking new balancing plants for the system. The new gas-fired plants will need to be capable of conversion to hydrogen by some point between 2035 and 2040. The Economy Ministry said that these plants should all be operational by 2032.