The US’ Fuel Cell & Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) has signed an agreement with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine to advance hydrogen energy.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by Frank Wolak, President and CEO of the FCHEA and German Galushchenko, Ukrainian Minister of Energy, in Washington, DC, to underscore international cooperative efforts to promote sustainable hydrogen development.
Aimed to focus on the exchange of best practices, technical knowledge and experiences, as well as fostering introductions and connections between US industry, policymakers and key stakeholders.
“As the US begins laying the critical foundation of building and increasing hydrogen supply, demand and utilisation with the hydrogen hubs and other large-scale project, we want to ensure Ukraine has access to the best of the US industry and innovation as it addresses energy security, economic prosperity and environmental responsibility,” said Wolak.
In January (2023), Ukrainian renewables firm DTEK, CEO Maksym Timchenko, said around 15GW of renewable generation in the nation could be exported to European countries, “either through green hydrogen or electricity.”
Read more: Ukraine plans for a green hydrogen future
Ukraine has one of the largest gas transportation systems, which gives it an edge for future hydrogen shipments to Europe. But its grid requires major investment, since it mostly dates back to Soviet times.
“The development of the hydrogen industry is identified as one of the priorities in Ukraine’s Energy Strategy until 2050 and the signing of the memorandum unlocks additional opportunities to achieve our goals,” remarked Minister Galushchenko.
“The hydrogen industry in the US has considerable expertise and we are excited for the leadership role that FCHEA can play to foster connections and knowledge exchange among US industry and Ukraine,” he added.
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