Hydrogen energy can provide an opportunity for Ukraine to become a powerful player in the international energy arena. This was announced by Konstantin Gura, acting. Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency of Ukraine, during the conference "Green Hydrogen", initiated by Hydrogen Europe, the German Association for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (DWV), Eurogas and the hydrogen alliance of Bavaria.
Like the leading countries of the world, Ukraine has chosen the path of decarbonizing its economy. One of the tools is the widespread introduction of hydrogen technologies. Today, hydrogen energy in the world is a large competitive market with a geopolitical component.
Konstantin Gura recalled that Ukraine has been identified as a priority partner of the EU for cooperation in the production and use of "green" hydrogen.
According to him, using the significant potential of renewable energy sources and the capabilities of its one of the largest gas transmission systems in Europe, Ukraine can become a key exporter of "green" hydrogen to the EU countries.
The average annual production of "green" hydrogen in Ukraine may amount to 5.5 billion nm3. Such opportunities for hydrogen generation in Ukraine have been confirmed in a study conducted by UNECE with the support of the Ministry of Energy and State Energy Efficiency. Its results will become the basis for the national hydrogen strategy.
This document will determine all promising areas of production and use of hydrogen, identify key stakeholders in the field, activities, development of standards and technical requirements, legislative framework, declare the need for investments and methods support the direction.
Norbert Bartl, Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of Germany, spoke about the prospects of hydrogen energy both for the whole world and for Germany.
In turn, Secretary General of Hydrogen Europe Yorgo Hajimarkakis drew attention to the recently approved EU package of proposals for achieving climate neutrality - "Fit for 55", which also identifies the necessary steps to develop the production and use of hydrogen in industry and transport.