THP-E02: My Quick Take On The European Hydrogen Backbone Plan. (Where Things Are Headed In The Future)

April 12, 2021 • Paul Rodden • Season: 2021 • Episode: 2

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In Episode 002, I quickly discuss the European Hydrogen Backbone Plan and what it means for the hydrogen and energy markets. If you are interested in learning more and would like to read the plan in it’s entirety, please click the link to take you to the report… 

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So the big questions in the energy industry today are, how is hydrogen the primary driving force behind the evolution of energy? Where is capital being deployed for hydrogen projects globally? And where are the best investment opportunities for early adopters who recognize the importance of hydrogen. I will address the critical issues and give you the information you need to deploy capital. Those are the questions that will unlock the potential of hydrogen. And this podcast will give you the answers. My name is Paul Rodden, and welcome to hydrogen podcast.

Hey, everyone, I wanted to chat a little bit about the European hydrogen backbone plan. It was in June of 2020, several European gas infrastructure companies with supportive guide house developed a report outlining plans to create an interconnected network for the development and movement of hydrogen and bio methane. And as energy needs are continuing to increase across Europe and global demand to decrease the carbon output is accelerating clean hydrogen, it’s increasingly becoming the biggest contender to resolve these issues. That’s… well we all know that. While most papers and press releases are discussing new pilot plans or demonstration facilities, few cover the topic of widespread distribution. And that’s what this plan really, really targets.

The backbone plan outlines not only the development of hydrogen through both blue and green methods, but also highlights the need for a critical pipeline transportation infrastructure to connect, supply and demand, the pipeline infrastructure, it’s going to incorporate existing pipelines, as well as the development of new hydrogen dedicated lines. It’s an ambitious goal. And by 2040, I think they’re looking at about just under 7000 kilometers, which is at it’s under 4500 miles, for those of you outside of the metric system, and it’s going to primarily use dutch and german existing gas infrastructure. As hydrogen production continues to ramp up throughout Europe, more transmission lines are expected to be created or retrofitted from the green hydrogen plants in France and Spain, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, and they’re gonna be fed into the grid.

The goal of this is to be done by 2035. And you know, scales of economy are going to decrease those costs of generating and transporting the hydrogen. And a mature infrastructure is estimated to take effect by 2040 to 2050. Now, this doesn’t just include transportation but also storage. The plan also has storage and as renewable energy continues to gain market share in Europe, the drawback of renewable energy storage continues. Utilization of hydrogen, though to supplement the energy grid will become even more critical to balance the demand. Now, using the backbone report as a guide, the h2 gateway partnership announced on October 4, that a new blue hydrogen plan will be developed in Den Helder. I’ll butcher anything that’s that’s not just written out for me, region in the Netherlands.

The plan is to set up using a natural gas developed in the North Sea. And this is probably going to be the kickoff project. It’s going to initiate the backbone plan. Its geographic location to a fuel source, transportation pipelines and co2 storage. It makes it an absolutely ideal location. The Netherlands currently generates just under a 1.1 mega ton of hydrogen a year, around eight megatons of co2 with it. Due to the h2 gateway project utilizing blue hydrogen, it’s going to be capturing a lot of that co2. And the plant will help to significantly reduce the carbon emissions in that area.

This process with a cheaper reduction in cost and high availability, it’s likely to be the accepted method of hydrogen production by 2027. That’s the blue hydrogen, green will take over as costs continue to decrease. But as of right now, blue is the way to go for production of hydrogen in Europe. All right, guys. Have a great one. Talk to you all later.

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