Lithuanian Ministry of Energy to spearhead national hydrogen development

Lithuanian Ministry of Energy to spearhead national hydrogen development

The Lithuania Ministry of Energy is set to take lead of national hydrogen development guidelines to ensure rapid transition to a renewable energy economy in different sectors.

The first phase is set to include the preparation of national guidelines for development if the hydrogen sector.

A public tender for preparation of the guidelines for development of the Lithuanian hydrogen sector will be announced in the near future.

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In some European national strategies, some countries indicate that its hydrogen demand will exceed supply over the next 10 years and therefore it is relevant to buy and transport hydrogen from the Baltic States who are seen as potential hydrogen producers due to expanding wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

The Ministry of Energy delegated preparation of the guidelines for the development of the nation’s hydrogen sector to EPSO-G, anticipating that the existing gas transmission system, operated by its subsidiary, Amber Grid, will become the main network for transporting green hydrogen.

Hydrogen produced from excess renewable solar and wind electricity and water will be supplied through the gas transmission system.

The gas networks will have hydrogen stored or transported to customers that will use the gas in industrial processes in land, water or air transportation.

During preparation of the Lithuanian hydrogen development guidelines and development plan, detailed hydrogen demand and supply will be modelled not only for the energy sector, but also for the transport and manufacturing sectors.

These guidelines will be developed in close collaboration with institutions and hydrogen platform participants, pooling sectoral expertise.

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Experts will have to perform an analysis of the potential of hydrogen production and use in Lithuania, covering the entire hydrogen value chain, from hydrogen production opportunities, storage of a new energy carrier, its import and export, and the promotion of investments to the adaptation of the national infrastructure for hydrogen.

Dainius Kreivys, Minister of Energy of Lithuania, said, “Sustainable development is one of Lithuania’s most important priorities, so we already have to look at the perspective of how we will live a few decades from now.

“This requires systematic planning and consistent joint preparation of different economic sectors for the implementation of strategic reforms and projects.

“Hydrogen is a new field of technology that we are giving and will continue to give considerable attention to in order to decarbonise the country’s industrial, transport, energy and building sectors.”

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