European hydrogen D-Day on 8 July, according to Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy

European hydrogen D-Day on 8 July, according to Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy

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The European Hydrogen D-Day will be on 8 July, when the Commission officially launches its two ‘Strategies’ on the topic: one relating to the integration of energy systems and another specifically dedicated to H2.

To reveal it was the European Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson, speaking – electronically, of course – at the Global Hydrogen Forum 2020, organized by the International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy (IPHE) association.

Documents that will define the scope of Brussels to implement the transition to the energy system of the future, “in which hydrogen will play a fundamental role”Assured Simson.

To achieve these goals, the Commission’s work will focus on 4 areas main, starting from “ the need to create a virtuous cycle of increasing hydrogen supply and demand“. Target that will be pursued through “a system approach to the production of this energy carrier” and also with the launch of the Clean Hydrogen Alliance, “which will bring together all the players in the hydrogen value chain: investors, institutions and industry”.

The second item of intervention will concern “la need for a regulatory framework able to outline an open and competitive market, characterized by international trade and infrastructures capable of transporting hydrogen where necessary “.

At the third point – continued the EU Commissioner – “research and innovation, because creating a green hydrogen economy poses technological challenges. There are 20 MW projects that are starting in Europe, but we need electrolysers on a GW scale, and also new H2 storage systems. For this reason, a 950 million euro Green Deal Call will start from September, financed with the Horizon 2020 program, of which a significant part will be destined for electrolysis projects “.

Finally – Simson said in his speech – “we need one strong international cooperation. I found that interest in hydrogen is growing all over the world and the number of countries joining the International Hydrogen Council has steadily increased, which has already quadrupled over the past 3 years. It is for this reason that the Commission is taking part in all the most important hydrogen-related initiatives, such as the Hydrogen Initiative of the Clean Energy Ministerial supported by the IEA (International Energy Agency) “.

* Francis Bottino is director of Hydronews, B2b information site focused on the hydrogen supply chain.


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