In addition, the German government wants to allow experimentation with the production of hydrogen from offshore electricity, while a French consortium intends to promote the use of hydrogen in airports and build a European airport network to accommodate future hydrogen planes. In addition, the port of Rotterdam is stepping up its efforts to become a hydrogen hub.
Four central European gas infrastructure companies have teamed up to develop a hydrogen highway across Central Europe to transport up to 120 GWh per day of pure hydrogen by 2030. The goal of the joint initiative, called the Corridor d ‘hydrogen from Central Europe, is to develop a hydrogen corridor in Central Europe Ukraine via Slovakia and the Czech Republic to hydrogen demand areas in Germany and other parts of the EU. The participating companies include Eustream (the Slovakian gas TSO), the Ukrainian gas TSO (GTSOU), Net4gas (the Czech gas TSO) and OGE (a German gas TSO). “We are committed to preparing our infrastructure for hydrogen and thus making a strong contribution to the EU’s decarbonisation goals,” Eustream Managing Director Rastislav Ňukovič commented on Thursday. At the same time, Eustream is also partnering with German RWE Supply & Trading and infrastructure operators EP Infrastructure (EPIF) and NAFTA to jointly explore the potential development of blue hydrogen production facilities in eastern Slovakia. . To this end, the companies have now signed a memorandum of understanding. “By 2023 we aim to be technologically ready to accept mixtures of up to 5% hydrogen in our system and in the future we plan to dedicate one of our pipelines to the transmission of pure hydrogen. “said Ňukovič on Friday.
German government published its ordinance on the allocation of other energy production zones in the exclusive economic zone (SoEnergieV). It will come into force next week, allowing testing of hydrogen production from offshore electricity. “Until now, electrolysis for the production of hydrogen has only taken place on land. Businesses and industry will now have the opportunity to use and test offshore electrolysis for the first time, ”the Federal Ministry of Economy wrote in a statement on Friday. The ordinance specifies the criteria according to which the zones of the exclusive economic zone of the North Sea will be allocated to the production of offshore hydrogen. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency is responsible for the allocation. “The production of green hydrogen at sea is a real subject of the future with strong potential for innovation. Offshore hydrogen production can make an important contribution to the decarbonisation of Germany as an industrial site, ”commented Minister of the Economy Peter Altmaier. The first round of tenders is due to take place as early as 2022. Successful bidders will first be granted the right to request a zoning procedure in an area. At a later stage, they can apply for funding. The German government has decided in the energy-climate package to make 50 million euros available from 2022. Earlier this week, the German government approved the draft ordinance on costs and charges for access to networks of hydrogen. “Concretely, the regulation creates a reliable basis for the calculation of network costs, which are financed by the operators of hydrogen networks via network charges,” reads the press release published on Wednesday. The government has called its national hydrogen strategy a “success story”, but some critical voices among the utilities have described it as a “construction site”.
Rotterdam Port Authority and the DeltaPort Niederrheinhäfen on Wednesday signed a declaration of intent to strengthen their cooperation with the aim of “enabling this group of inland ports in the north of the Ruhr area to be a regional hub for the import of green hydrogen from the port of Rotterdam ”. Other signatories included German companies Thyssengas, energy company Eon, cold storage operator Nordfrost and regional development company Kreis Wesel. The statement confirms North Rhine-Westphalia’s intention to become Germany’s hydrogen hub. “The importance of this project goes far beyond our region,” commented Andreas Pinkwart, Minister of Economic Affairs, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia. Inland navigation and rail are expected to play a central role in the region’s hydrogen strategy. “We want to contribute to the development of a Cool Corridor, a regular maritime link for refrigerated containers between Rotterdam and the Ruhr area,” said Emile Hoogsteden, Commercial Director of the Rotterdam Port Authority. “With Nordfrost’s investment in a new clean energy refrigeration logistics center, we can help develop emissions-free inland waterway links with Rotterdam’s offshore terminals. “
The European aerospace multinational Airbus, the French industrial gases and services company Air Liquide and the French construction company and airport operator Vinci said they are working together to promote the use of hydrogen at airports and plan to build a European airport network to accommodate future hydrogen aircraft. “Lyon-Saint Exupéry airport (France) will host the first installations in 2023. This partnership reflects the common ambition of the three groups to combine their respective expertise to support the decarbonisation of air transport”, the companies announced on Tuesday, adding that by 2030, they would study the possibility of equipping the European airport network of Vinci Airports with the production, storage and supply of hydrogen installations necessary for its use on the ground and on board aircraft. Vinci Airports operates 45 airports in 12 countries.
UK hydrogen-powered green energy company Protium and service provider Petrofac signed a strategic partnership to deliver net zero projects across the UK. “I am delighted to announce our partnership with Petrofac, whose leading experience in green hydrogen EPC work (notably with the Arrowsmith project of Infinite Blue Energy in Australia) will enable Protium to carry out exceptional projects for our customers, ”commented Chris Jackson, CEO of Protium. The collaboration involves the development of renewable energy assets, green hydrogen production facilities and downstream hydrogen equipment. “We are delighted to combine Petrofac’s engineering, project management and operations capabilities with Protium’s expertise in green hydrogen and project development to support its goal of delivering 1 GW of production assets to ‘by 2030 for a range of industrial customers,’ added John Pearson, COO of Petrofac.
British multinational chemicals company Ineos on Wednesday announced its intention to invest more than 1.17 billion euros (1.37 billion euros) in its British refinery in Grangemouth, in particular in measures to support the production of blue hydrogen. “The roadmap involves a shift towards the production and use of hydrogen by all companies at the Grangemouth site, accompanied by carbon capture and storage of at least 1 million tonnes of CO2 per by 2030. This will include the capture of CO2 from existing hydrogen production and the construction of a hydrogen production plant to capture carbon on a global scale, ”the press release said.
The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), which shipped a total of 5 billion cubic meters of natural gas from Azerbaijan to the Greek-Turkish border, said it was considering opportunities for transporting hydrogen. “In line with our long-term vision, TAP will continue to seek opportunities to transport carbon-neutral energy sources, such as hydrogen, while reducing emissions, in line with the European Union’s energy transition objectives”, TAP CEO Luca Schieppati said last week. TAP can expand in stages, up to double its initial capacity. At present, TAP can transport around 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year to several European countries.
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