Green Hydrogen for Europe has been launched to provide clarity to:

  • The growing consensus that green hydrogen is on the cusp of large-scale growth in Europe and is vital for decarbonising several EU industry sectors
  • The growing confusion amounting to a babble of often contradictory voices and messages about policy development, implementation and, more generally, “the business case” for green hydrogen

There is a diversity of views on key aspects of green hydrogen deployment. These include, but are not limited to:

  • The industry sectors in which it could most effectively be deployed
  • The readiness (or lack thereof) of infrastructure to carry green hydrogen
  • The location of electrolysers (embedded, connected to large systems – both?)
  • Is green hydrogen just about decarbonisation of various industry sectors or is it far more than that?

This diversity of views reflects the differing objectives amongst the various companies and organisations currently promoting green hydrogen within the EU. This is partly because some of these undertakings promote both green and blue hydrogen. This leads to mixed messages and confusion at policy making levels on how best to support large-scale hydrogen development. Furthermore, commentary on the green hydrogen coupled to “conventional wisdom” has led to the area becoming awash with memes such as:

  1. Green hydrogen is too costly – Relative to what?
  2. Price of electrolysers must come down – Why?
  3. Expensive to convert gas networks to hydrogen – Numbers please.
  4. Electrolysers are “inefficient” – Relative to what?
  5. Maybe after 2030 – Blows carbon budget.

None of the above is conducive to timely policy development focused on delivering, quickly, a green hydrogen economy.

hydrogen flow diagram