We are committed to delivering the REPower EU targets that aim for 10mn tons of hydrogen produced in the EU by 2030 and for another 10mn tons to be imported.
The first projects are emerging. In Austria, the first pure hydrogen storage in the world in a porous reservoir was inaugurated. And more than 40 projects are on the way in the EU.
Also, network operators have launched 300 projects to convert gas pipelines into hydrogen pipelines. For instance, in the Netherlands, Germany and France, it’s done successfully at full scale, showing how the future industrial hydrogen corridors can look. This retrofit is a cost-effective solution because it costs about three times less than laying a new pipeline.
LNG terminals will be the gateway to Europe for hydrogen derivatives such as synthetic methane, ammonia, LOHCs or possibly liquid hydrogen, depending on the technologies that will be chosen to ensure global hydrogen trade in the future. Around 20 projects are currently on their way.
You can check out all these projects on the European Hydrogen Infrastructure Map website.
We are also committed to transporting 35 bcm by 2030 to wherever needed – another REPower EU ambition. Already today, some GIE members are frontrunners of biomethane. For example, in Denmark, biomethane accounted for 40% of their annual gas consumption, they aim for 100% biomethane before 2030.