Europe sets more ambitious medium term hydrogen deployments

Several European countries unveiled their hydrogen strategies and roadmaps in 2022 and others revised their hydrogen strategies, setting more ambitious deployment targets for the medium term, according to a new IEA report.

Austria published its National Hydrogen Strategy in June 2022. The strategy targets the installation of 1 GW of electrolyser capacity for the production of renewable hydrogen by 2030. For demand creation, the strategy focuses on hard-to-abate sectors, including energy-intensive industries.

In Belgium the Federal Hydrogen Vision and Strategy was approved by the Council of Ministers in October 2021. An updated version was published in October 2022. The strategy focuses particularly on the importance of renewable hydrogen and its potential to decarbonise industry and transport. According to the updated version, total domestic demand for both hydrogen molecules and hydrogen derivatives is seen to increase to 125-200 TWh/yr by 2050.

Denmark adopted its Power-to-X Strategy in March 2022 to accelerate the conversion of electricity into green hydrogen and other e-fuels over 10 years. The country aims to build 4-6 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030. The strategy is intended to support the use of green hydrogen particularly in hard-to-abate sectors like shipping and aviation, as well as heavy road transport and industry.

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