Importing green hydrogen carriers is feasible and cost-effective, study finds

Importing green hydrogen carriers is both technically feasible and cost-effective, new study by the Hydrogen Import Coalition finds.

Seven major industrial players and public stakeholders, comprising Dredging, Environmental and Marine Engineering (DEME), Engie, Exmar, Fluxys, Port of Antwerp, Port of Zeebrugge and WaterstofNet, have spent the past 12 months conducting research into the importing of renewable energy by means of hydrogen carriers.

The Coalition has now completed a large-scale industrial study mapping out the financial, technical and regulatory aspects of the entire hydrogen import chain – from production abroad to delivery via ships and pipelines to Belgium and internal distribution – which provides a basis for the further roll-out to industrial applications.

This study, published today (27th Jan), concludes that importing this form of renewable energy is a necessary and feasible solution to the growing shortage in Western Europe, and can be cost-effective, even under a conservative off-grid/independent design that reserves potential energy synergy upsides for project realisation.

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