The European Commission revealed on Thursday (June 16) plans to kick off a European Electrolyser Partnership, to address challenges in establishing and maturing a manufacturing base on the continent.
H2 View understands the European Commission is opening a call for interest among Clean Hydrogen Alliance members for a first meeting of the Electrolyser Partnership in September 2022.
Conceived in May 2022, where Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for Internal Market signed a joint declaration with 20 electrolyser CEOs to deliver goals from the REPowerEU.
Hosted under the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, the Electrolyser Partnership is managed by the European Commission, seeking to aid the REPowerEU Plan goals of producing 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen domestically by 2030.
Daniel Fraile, Chief Policy Officer at Hydrogen Europe, explained, “The Electrolyser Partnership will act as a catalyst for advancing EU industrial leadership and fostering increased cooperation between manufacturers, key material suppliers and policy makers.
“We need to work at a strategic level to ensure that the renewable hydrogen consumed in Europe is done with European technology and that it contributes to a just energy transition creating jobs growth in Europe. The Electrolyser Partnership is the right vehicle to get this done.”
Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe, commented, “I am delighted that the European Commission managed to bring all necessary stakeholders together with the support of Hydrogen Europe, at a time when the electrolyser sector is in front of tremendous commercial opportunities but also industrial challenges of magnitude.
“The electrolyser industry must increase its manufacturing capacity ten-fold within the next five years to allow meeting the European goal of 20 million tons of renewably hydrogen by 2030.”
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