The German government has approved the construction of a power plant for the first ionization of water.
According to a report from the state-run broadcaster ARD, the plant will start up in the early 2020s.
The facility will use a new technology, known as gas-dissipative supercritical ionization, which aims to drastically reduce the amount of water needed for power production.
“The project is part of the German Energy Strategy 2020, aimed at creating a new German industrial base, and will provide the country with an affordable and reliable power source,” said state secretary for energy and climate change Hans-Georg Maassen in a statement.
“We will use this new energy source to improve Germany’s energy efficiency and to improve the competitiveness of the energy sector.”
The state’s energy minister, Dieter Zentner, also praised the project.
“We can now move on to building a gas-free power plant,” he said.
“This will be the first in Europe.”
The government has also awarded the project a $200 million loan, while the German energy ministry said the project is still in the design stage.
The project has been a long time in the making, with a number of delays in the last years.
In 2017, the project was delayed again after the state government found out about a new leak in a gas storage tank that had leaked into the German riverside.
A total of 1,800 gallons of gas were found to be leaking into the river in January.
The German government and German companies have also struggled with costs, as the project has never been built in the country.
In the past, Germany has relied heavily on natural gas, but as of 2018, the country had to use coal.