Industry coalition calls for hydrogen blending into gas

(EurActiv, 18 Mar 2021) More than 90 energy companies, equipment manufacturers and gas network operators have called on the European Commission to consider hydrogen blending into natural gas for parts of Europe that cannot yet afford a dedicated hydrogen network.

In their joint letter, the industry CEOs highlight the importance of hydrogen blending as a transitional solution for Southern and Eastern EU regions, which do not have an extensive gas infrastructure that can be repurposed to carry pure hydrogen.

Countries in North-West Europe – Belgium, the Netherlands, and the industrialised core of France and Germany – are planning to move directly towards a dedicated hydrogen network, based on the repurposing of existing gas assets.

But the gas network is not as tight in many Southern and Eastern EU regions, where blending can offer a transitional step to scale up hydrogen production on a decentralised generation model, the coalition argues.

“Hydrogen blending can be an especially cost-effective transitional option in those European regions without parallel or duplicated networks, or without (potentially) available gas infrastructure capacity, which can be easily repurposed to hydrogen in the short-term,” the letter says.

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