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German economy minister plugs hydrogen power during Airbus visit

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    Hamburg (dpa) - Germany's minister for the economy and climate action said on Tuesday there was huge pressure to swiftly develop a functioning hydrogen power market as global warming advances.

    Hydrogen can be used for heating and industry, as well as fuelling the climate-neutral flying of the future, Robert Habeck said during a visit to aircraft manufacturer Airbus in Hamburg.

    "Not a day should be wasted," Habeck warned.

    In response, Airbus chief executive Guillaume Faury said, "We welcome the policy you are pursuing. We know that decarbonization and climate change are high on your agenda, and the same applies for Airbus."

    The company plans to bring a hydrogen-powered passenger aircraft onto market by 2035. Research for this project is currently being carried out at the Centre of Applied Aeronautical Research (ZAL) in neighbouring Finkenwerder.

    Habeck said that kick-starting the market ramp-up for climate-neutral fuels, such as "green" hydrogen, is a "political task that has to be organized - to establish the hydrogen market and to get in touch with countries that have large production capacities so that availability is then ensured in a uniform, ultimately global market."

    Habeck, a member of Germany's Green Party, also announced that he would put subsidies to the test.

    "We will certainly have to take another look at whether the calibration of the funding programmes is so precise that the funding keeps up with the pace of dynamics and we do not fall behind in Europe," he said. "The technical lead that Airbus has gained must clearly be maintained."

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    ## Locations - [Airbus in Hamburg-Finkenwerder](Kreetslag 10, 21129 Hamburg, Germany)


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