With an announcement from the EU on its long-term hydrogen strategy just days away, Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has highlighted the “vital” role hydrogen will play in achieving net zero.
Björn Ullbro, Vice-President for Europe and Africa at Wärtsilä Energy Business, said Wärtsilä welcomes the European Commission’s EU hydrogen strategy to help support the continent’s transition towards a 100% renewable energy supply.
Speaking to H2 View, Ullbro said, “Wärtsilä stands behind the European Union’s hydrogen strategy, as a key mechanism for achieving a net zero economy.”
“To establish a sustainable hydrogen market, we look forward to understanding the interplay between technology, market and policy, to create an end-state where the feasibility of the hydrogen value chain stands up to market levels, just as solar and wind now do.”
“Through delivering and operating 72GW of power plant capacity in 180 countries around the world, we know that with the right technology it’s possible to deploy different types of fuels that support the path to achieving 100% renewable electricity.”
“It’s hard to say now if hydrogen will be a silver bullet, history tells us that the energy transition will most likely result in a mosaic of technologies, fuels etc.”
“That said, we welcome with open arms the opportunity hydrogen presents to accelerate the sustainable energy transition, and to exponentially increase Europe’s share of renewable electricity this decade to address the climate emergency.”
An exclusive interview with Björn Ullbro, Vice-President for Europe and Africa at Wärtsilä Energy Business, will be published on H2 View later this month.