'Clean Hydrogen Alliance of companies, industry experts, national governments' - '..decarbonise industrial processes and economic sectors.'

Posted by ProjectC 
'The current installation of clean energy electrolyser capacity will be increased six-fold to 6 GW by 2024, allowing the production of 1 million metric tons of hydrogen. This will allow the decarbonization of existing hydrogen production for industry and supply new uses such as heavy transport. Looking to 2030, there is a leap to 40 GW of renewable energy hydrogen electrolysers producing ten million metric tons of hydrogen in the EU. This is to be matched by 40 GW of electrolyser capacity outside of the EU producing hydrogen for import into the EU.

To help scale up production of green hydrogen in Europe, the EU has launched a Clean Hydrogen Alliance of companies, industry experts, national governments and the European Investment Bank. At the same time, the EU will support the development of a market for green hydrogen by creating a standard classification system of types of hydrogen and a certification system to support its trade.


This proposal was taken up in the EU’s new strategy, which seeks partnerships with ‘Eastern Neighborhood’ and ‘Southern Neighborhood’ countries, to install 40 GW of electrolyser capacity in these countries. North Africa, and Ukraine, with their abundant renewable energy resources, are anticipated to become major suppliers in cross-border trade and export of hydrogen to Europe.


In the next phase to 2030, hydrogen will expand beyond the industrial base and begin to play an important role in power system flexibility and storage. This will be made possible with 40 GW of hydrogen electrolysers installed in Europe, supplied by renewable energy, producing 10 million metric tons of renewable hydrogen annually. The long range transport of hydrogen will need to occur and the strategy document discusses a ‘pan-European grid’ with the existing, partially repurposed, natural gas grid and the development of large hydrogen storage facilities. This will link areas with large renewable energy potential to major demand centers in the EU countries.

The Hydrogen Strategy presents a less clear picture beyond 2030, but it asserts that the market for hydrogen will have reached maturity. It assumes that low-carbon and 0-carbon hydrogen applications will become widespread in shipping, aviation, and other hard-to-decarbonize sectors such as commercial buildings. A large market for hydrogen-derived synthetic fuels will also exist. And, in order to secure supplies of clean hydrogen for this mature market by 2030, the EU will work closely with ‘priority partners’ in North Africa and Ukraine, with cooperation encompassing research, regulatory policy and even direct investment.'

- Europe Looks To Become The Global Leader In Hydrogen, July 29, 2020

'Most importantly, hydrogen is climate friendly as it does not emit any carbon dioxide when used. It thus offers a solution to decarbonise industrial processes and economic sectors where reducing carbon emissions is both urgent and hard to achieve.

Who can join and how?
The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance brings together industry, national and local public authorities, civil society and other stakeholders. It is strongly anchored in the hydrogen value chain, covering renewable and low-carbon hydrogen from production via transmission to mobility, industry, energy, and heating applications.'

- European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, 2020

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