One of the most crucial aspects in building the hydrogen economy is ensuring a solid infrastructure is in place. In Europe, where hydrogen could be transported across the continent at cost-competitive prices, it is crucial to have the required infrastructure to carry hydrogen to companies and industries that need it most.
As revealed by Wang, repurposing the existing gas pipelines across Europe could create cost competitive hydrogen across the continent. This interconnects countries with vast renewable energy generation potential with other countries with less potential to create a system that allows cheap hydrogen to be transported in the most cost-efficient way across Europe.
“Without a pan-European infrastructure, you would get these disconnected decentralised clusters, each running their own thing. Say you can produce renewable hydrogen at €2 per kg in Spain. But in Germany, if you want to get it from an onshore wind farm, it’s like €5 per kg. Then the German market would be losing out on what they could be getting,” Wang told H2 View.
“If you think about it, based on our calculation, we estimate the cost of pipeline transport to be around 10 to 20 cents per kilogram per 1,000km, which means that hydrogen from Spain transported to Germany, which is about 2000km, would cost between 20 and 40 cents on top of your production.
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