Spotlight Area—Hydrogen in the circular economy

Hydrogen in the Circular Economy—New Opportunities and Possibilities for Municipal Hydrogen. The future belongs to sustainable technologies, hydrogen is on the rise. New processes enable emission-free production from existing raw materials such as wastewater, waste or biomass. In addition, exciting examples of innovative applications are waiting to be discovered.

Hydrogen in the circular economy

New processes and concepts enable CO₂-free production of hydrogen from residual materials such as waste, biomass, and wastewater. For example, due to its constant availability, the electric power generated in waste incineration plants may open up opportunities to sell hydrogen from connected water electrolysis systems in the transportation sector and thus contribute to the establishment of a regional hydrogen ecosystem.

Hydrogen can also be produced in biogas plants: with modern steam reforming or pyrolysis, the raw biogas can be converted directly into high-purity hydrogen, which can then be compressed and transported to the end customer. Research projects, pilot projects and start-ups are also trialling various methods, such as “dark fermentation” or “plasma analysis” to produce biohydrogen from wastewater.

All the innovative processes and concepts show: Hydrogen and hydrogen technologies can be a useful partner for municipal recycling and water management. Read more about hydrogen development in our Industry Insight article.

Spotlight Area Hydrogen—At a glance


5 days in the attractive Hall A4 on more than 500 m² where everything focusses on hydrogen.


Up to 10 exhibitors presenting their innovative solutions.


A networking area welcomes people to exchange ideas and is a great place to hold meetings.

Hydrogen Stage

A stage to address current industry and community issues.

To the program

What solutions can I find here?

Are you looking for solutions around the topic of hydrogen? Then come and see us.

  1. Hydrogen plant planning
  2. Solutions for obtaining hydrogen directly from
    • Waste streams for waste incineration
    • Bio-based residual and waste materials
    • Sewage sludge
    • Non-recyclable waste
    • Aquatic biomass (e.g. algae)
  3. Solutions for producing hydrogen from power generation through
    • Waste incineration
    • Biogas
    • Renewable energies
  4. Storage and distribution options
  5. Use and applications

Experience at IFAT Munich...

  • Innovative processes for the hydrogen production of the future, e.g. by means of plasma analysis, live on the theme area and throughout the IFAT Munich exhibition grounds.
  • The power of hydrogen in the truest sense of the word, e.g. in the fuel cell-powered refuse collection vehicle.
  • How the municipal recycling economy creates new energy from waste & at the same time creates added value for agriculture e.g. thanks to the fertilizing qualities of carbon.
  • What other possibilities hydrogen offers for decentralized energy supply.

Hydrogen offers promising opportunities for circular economy operations. As a product of many local processes, such as waste pyrolysis or biomass hydrolysis, it can be fed into the local distribution network and used, among other things, as a fuel for municipal vehicles or offered as a means of production for industries connected to the network. The DVGW has completed the rulemaking work for hydrogen in the grid infrastructure and has also developed conversion aids for the industry: Planning for hydrogen networks is emerging on the basis of the gas network area transformation plan; the VerifHy database provides reliable information on the hydrogen suitability of components. To fully exploit its potential, hydrogen must be firmly anchored in municipal heating planning in particular. It is an important building block for coupling energy sectors—especially where hydrogen is produced electrolytically from local electricity, making the energy system more resilient.

Linke, Prof. Dr. Gerald
  • DVGW

As an energy vector and storage, as a basic fuel, but also as a driver of a sustainable transformation of the economy, hydrogen will play an important role in the future. As a strategy and coordination center for hydrogen in Bavaria, the Center Hydrogen.Bavaria (H2.B) supports the numerous innovative companies and research institutions by providing information, advice and national and international networking. In the Hydrogen Alliance Bavaria we unite along the entire hydrogen value chain more than 330 actors with a headquarters in Bavaria and thus form the largest state-initiated hydrogen network in Germany.

Pfaffenberger, Dr. Fabian
  • Managing Director
  • H2.B


Verena Scholtysik
  • Exhibition Manager