Vattenfall tp drive sector integration as member of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

Source: press release, 28 August 2020

Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President Business Area Wind and Vattenfall’s representative in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance
Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President Business Area Wind and Vattenfall’s representative in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance (photo: Vattenfall)

Hydrogen will be important for the next phase of the European energy transition. Vattenfall, which drives innovative projects such as HYBRIT, has now joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

The European Commission acknowledges the growing momentum for renewable hydrogen as an essential energy carrier for the decarbonisation of our societies.

In July, the European Commission presented an EU Hydrogen Strategy, underlined by the launch of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance.

Vattenfall will be one of the members of this network, which currently includes more than 250 members.

Gunnar Groebler, Senior Vice President Business Area Wind and Vattenfall’s representative in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, says, “As a fully integrated European utility, Vattenfall is investing in the growth of renewable energy sources, in particular offshore wind, in various European markets. With wind energy as a crucial source for renewable hydrogen projects we are aiming to further implement hydrogen technology in collaboration with industrial partners in various sectors to thereby help achieve climate neutrality in Europe. Being part of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is a great opportunity for us to use our experience, expertise and strengths to actively contribute to the creation of a European hydrogen market.”

The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance is set to facilitate the implementation of actions of the recently published EU Hydrogen Strategy. By building up a clear and concrete pipeline of renewable hydrogen projects and investment plans, the Alliance will play a crucial role in achieving the commitment of the EU to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

Following the goal of enabling fossil-free living within one generation, Vattenfall sees an important role for renewable hydrogen in the decarbonisation of the sectors referred to as “hard-to-abate”. These are areas where direct electrification is not possible, such as the steel industry, refineries and heavy-duty transport.

Vattenfall’s accelerated renewables growth is an important pillar for reaching this goal. In particular, investments in large offshore wind projects such as the Dutch 1.5 GW project Hollandse Kust Zuid can help trigger the large-scale development of renewable hydrogen use cases. Thanks to its high number of full-load hours, offshore wind is well suited to fuel electrolysers with renewable electricity for the production of hydrogen.

This goal does not only hold true for Vattenfall’s own energy production. Instead Vattenfall is also actively supporting the transition of a number of other (industrial) sectors, that account for a high degree of CO2-emissions. Against this background, Vattenfall is cooperating with industrial partners to enable the decarbonisation of industrial processes making use of renewable hydrogen, e.g. HYBRIT, the fossil free steel project run by Vattenfall together with SSAB and LKAB.