Clean hydrogen should be more competitive than its alternatives

Highlights from the online debate: Are hydrogen technologies ready for accelerated deployment?

Are renewable and low carbon hydrogen technologies ready for accelerated deployment? – Highlights

In the online debate hosted by C. Jones and A. Piebalgs on 20 January 2021, we focused on the recent developments of renewable and low carbon technologies. Barbara Jinks (IRENA), Kess van der Leun (Guidehouse), Jorgo Chatzimarkakis (Hydrogen Europe), and Ronnie Belmans (KU Leuven) contributed to the debate, addressing the substantial challenges facing a broad hydrogen deployment.

Main takeaways from the event

Renewable hydrogen costs could go down to EUR1.6 per kilogram before 2030.

Substantial cost reduction is achievable by a substantial reduction in electrolyser costs (also increasing their efficiency and lifetime) and renewable electricity costs (less than EUR20 per Mwh). The preconditions for this are technical innovation, learning from practical experiences, module design, manufacturing scale-up.

European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is a unique vehicle to drive down the costs of clean hydrogen.

Over one thousand companies have joined the Alliance. The entire value chain of clean hydrogen is covered. The alliance could substantially accelerate demand and supply and by scaling-up to bring down the costs.

A perspective towards developing a well-connected European hydrogen market makes an important contribution for scaling-up the clean hydrogen production.

By 2030 the dedicated hydrogen infrastructure could be 6800 km long connecting “hydrogen valleys”. Only 25% of this “European Hydrogen Valley” will be new pipeline stretches, the rest will consist of converted natural gas pipelines.

Clean hydrogen use should be prioritised for hard to abate applications – aviation, maritime transport, and industrial processes.

Even with very a positive development of clean hydrogen costs, electrification and energy efficiency provides the most efficient way of the decarbonisation of energy end-use.

 

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