The role of electrolytic hydrogen in the clean energy transition
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Today, 95% of the hydrogen produced in Europe is of fossil origin and a major emitter of CO2. For the EU to achieve carbon neutrality, hydrogen must be produced in a way that emits low amounts of CO2.
One way to do this is to produce hydrogen by electrolysis, using largely decarbonised electricity from the grid. Electricity grids based on renewables and nuclear allow hydrogen to be produced close to industrial consumption centres (without having to rely on dedicated hydrogen pipelines).
Sometimes called “purple hydrogen”, using nuclear electricity for hydrogen production can complement the production of “green hydrogen” (renewable) as it both offers the benefit of low emissions and steady electricity input for electrolysers, allowing large amounts of hydrogen to be produced.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss what role low carbon electrolytic hydrogen can play in achieving net zero emissions in the EU by 2050. There are still many open questions about definitions, which form of hydrogen will be supported and where research and development will be focused.
Ruud Kempener, Policy Officer, Renewables and Energy System Integration Policy, DG ENER, European Commission
Bart Groothuis, MEP, Member of ITRE, European Parliament
Rasa Engstedt, Energy Counsellor, Permanent Representation of Sweden to the EU
Nicola Rega, Director of Energy, CEFIC
Christian Egenhofer, Associate Senior Research Fellow, CEPS, Brussels & Senior Research Associate, School of Transnational Governance, European University Institute, Florence
Christelle Rouillé , CEO, Hynamics
Frédéric Simon, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:30 - 14:35 Welcome
14:35 - 14:50 Panellist statements
14:50 - 15:55 Discussion and Q&A
15:55 - 16:00 Closing statements
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As Europe rediscovers the merits of nuclear power as a low-carbon source of electricity, policymakers in Brussels are now looking to leverage the non-stop generation of atomic energy to ramp up the production of low-carbon hydrogen.