The Ministry of Energy of Ukraine is considering several options for transporting Ukrainian-made hydrogen to Europe. This was stated by the acting. Energy Minister Olga Buslavets at the opening of the round table "Hydrogen Economy: Roadmap".
This year, the European Union approved the "Hydrogen Strategy" as part of achieving zero CO 2 emissions by 2050, in which, in particular, it identified Ukraine as a priority partner due to its potential for producing "green" hydrogen and infrastructure (transit gas pipeline) connected to the EU.
“Ukraine sets ambitious climate targets for decarbonization of energy, industry and transport. Therefore, the use of "green" hydrogen is a tool that can ensure the achievement of the set goals. The Ministry is already developing a roadmap for Ukraine's hydrogen energy. We have outlined short-term, medium-term and long-term prospects for hydrogen transportation, ”Olga Buslavets said.
She explained that in the short term, hydrogen will be transported to Europe in small quantities in a gaseous state in tanks, using trucks that use road infrastructure. In the medium term, Ukrainian hydrogen can be transported as liquid organic hydrogen by trucks and railway infrastructure.
At the same time, in the long term, it is envisaged to use the regional and transit infrastructure of gas pipelines for the transfer of hydrogen fuel to Europe in large quantities.
At the same time, the possibilities of the gas transportation system for hydrogen transportation must be carefully studied together with experts in order to ensure safe operation, the Ministry of Energy emphasized.
“This issue needs to be further worked out together with EU experts to determine routes, as well as to develop a set of measures to ensure the reliability and safety of the gas transportation system with the new energy carrier,” Olga Buslavets said.
According to her, Ukraine will have to develop and adopt a regulatory framework to ensure the functioning of the hydrogen energy industry, introduce standardization systems in the field of hydrogen energy, develop safety requirements and measures for the production, storage, transportation and consumption of hydrogen, taking into account modern technologies of the leading EU countries.
As a reminder, during the recent visit of the Ukrainian delegation chaired by Olga Buslavets to Dusseldorf, a number of meetings were held with German companies Thyssenkrupp and Siemens. The head of the Ministry of Energy presented a portfolio of potential pilot projects for hydrogen energy, which can be implemented within the energy partnership between Ukraine and Germany.
The issue of cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy is included in the main topics of the energy partnership between Ukraine and Germany, defined General Statement signed by Olga Buslavets and Federal Minister of Economy and Energy of Germany Peter Altmaer in August.
Previously it was reported that German investors are ready to invest about a billion dollars in the construction of a large hydrogen plant in Ukraine, providing it with a wind park and solar panels to produce" green "hydrogen.