The European Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson, will tomorrow unveil a European Hydrogen Strategy intended to create a market for clean hydrogen and incentivise investments in supply.
Simson believes the EU can gain competitive advantage by becoming a first mover in creating a clean hydrogen industry.
On Monday, Simson visited the Refhyne project, where the world’s largest PEM hydrogen electrolysis plant is under construction.
Supported by the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH JU), Refhyne will use renewable electricity to produce green hydrogen at Shell’s Rheinland Refinery in Wesseling, Germany.
Talking about her vision for the transition to a climate neutral Europe, the Commissioner said, “To reach climate neutrality by 2050, we need to fundamentally transform our energy system and clean hydrogen will have a key role to play, as it has great potential to decarbonise sectors where electrification is impossible or too costly.”
“Therefore, we will propose a roadmap to scale up renewable hydrogen production and use in Europe.”
“Europe is well placed to be the global frontrunner in this field, with our leading position in wind energy and with innovative projects like Refhyne already underway.”
FCH JU Executive Director Bart Biebuyck added, “FCH JU funded projects like Refhyne give the opportunity to European electrolyser industry to build equipment that meets the strict standards of the European refining industry.”
“They will help reducing the CO2 footprint of large industrial processes through the production and incorporation of green hydrogen.”
“We are delighted that Commissioner Simson chose the Refhyne project facility in the context of the EU Hydrogen Strategy that will be announced soon.”