CAKE expert article of green hydrogen
CAKE experts published new article: “Mapping the Future of Green Hydrogen: Integrated Analysis of Poland and the EU’s Development Pathways to 2050” in Energies MDPI.
Authors: Robert Jeszke, Igor Tatarewicz, Sławomir Skwierz, Phd, Michał Lewarski, Maciej Pyrka and Monika Sekuła, deep into the untapped potential of green hydrogen as a sustainable energy source. They explore its role in decarbonizing various sectors and discuss the EU’s ambitious Hydrogen Strategy.
1️⃣ Fit for 55 Package: The paper examines the potential of green hydrogen in the context of the EU’s “Fit for 55” package, aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030.
2️⃣Pivotal Role of Hydrogen: Green hydrogen could be the missing link in achieving a carbon-neutral future. Achieving climate neutrality in the EU and Poland is intrinsically tied to hydrogen playing a significant role. Poland will require between 76 and 206 PJ/y of hydrogen, while the EU+ will require from 4449 to 5985 PJ/y by 2050.
3️⃣ Energy for Electrolysis: Technological advancements in electrolyzers are making green hydrogen more efficient and cost-effective. Affordable energy for the electrolysis process is crucial for the development of the green hydrogen market. Such energy can be generated in systems with a high share of RES (Renewable Energy Sources) and zero-emission base-load units like nuclear power plants.
4️⃣ Hydrogen can serve as a long-term energy storage solution, complementing intermittent renewable energy sources. The demand for hydrogen comes primarily from the industrial and transportation sectors. In the energy sector, hydrogen serves mainly as long-term energy storage and a flexible source for load balancing.
5️⃣ Cost Dynamics: The high current costs of hydrogen utilization in the power sector limit its adoption. However, a significant decrease in production costs—from EUR 50–60/GJ to EUR 20–30/GJ—is expected after 2040, driving increased utilization.
6️⃣ Needs in End-Use Sectors: The paper highlights a pressing demand for green hydrogen in sectors where achieving zero greenhouse gas emissions with current technologies is not feasible.
7️⃣ Financial Incentives: The actual demand for hydrogen could surpass the paper’s estimates if the market benefits from financial incentives or subsidies, factors not incorporated in the current analysis.”Back