Unveiled today (May 10), the Port of Rotterdam Authority has presented European commissioner Frans Timmermans with plans to get Europe off to a flying start with the hydrogen economy.
The plans and projects represent a concrete implementation of the heightened European ambition.
Within the context of REPowerEU, a fourfold increase is envisioned in the production and import of hydrogen compared to the ‘Fit for 55’ package (from 5.6Mt to 20Mt). This hydrogen could then be used for ensuring the sustainability of society, in particular as fuel and feedstock for transport and industry.
Two preconditions have been identified as being crucial to get the hydrogen economy underway.
The first is hydrogen certification: green hydrogen imported from outside Europe has to be certified as green here.
The second is closing the financial gap between the use of renewable and low carbon hydrogen and its derivatives compared to their current CO2-emitting alternatives.
This is because as long as energy made from fossil fuels is cheaper than sustainably produced energy, the latter will not get the momentum required for achieving the European objectives.
Allard Castelein, CEO of the Port of Rotterdam Authority, said, “Using sustainable hydrogen substantially contributes to the European objectives of reducing climate change and increasing Europe’s energy independence.
“With the production and import of renewable and low carbon hydrogen we build a sustainable future.”
North American Hydrogen Summit
H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.
As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.
With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?
Our early bird offer tickets are $1,000, for a limited time only. If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.
Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.