Hydrogen a focus of German-Norwegian collaboration on renewable energy

On 5 January, Norway and Germany released joint statements on their intent to strengthen their collaboration on several areas related to renewable energy and green industry. Hydrogen was a particular focus area of this collaboration, and a separate joint statement was released dedicated solely to this area:

Germany sees Norway as a partner for the production and supply of hydrogen. Norway welcomes German initiatives to develop the demand side in a future hydrogen market.

Joint Statement – Germany – Norway – Hydrogen

Other technologies mentioned in the collaboration included CO₂ capture and storage (CCS), offshore wind power, green shipping, and batteries.

Norway to export hydrogen to Germany

Following this meeting, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Equinor (a partner in HYDROGENi) and RWE, with the intent of replacing coal with hydrogen within Germany, and exporting hydrogen from Norway to Germany via pipeline.

Initially, this will be blue hydrogen – hydrogen produced from natural gas with CCS, with more than 95% of CO₂ generated from hydrogen production to be captured and permanently stored under the seabed on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. However, the long-term goal is to transition to a solely green hydrogen (hydrogen produced from renewable energy via electrolysis) supply.

Read more: Blue hydrogen: the real bridge between fossil fuels and renewable energy

HYDROGENi welcomes this developments and enthusiastically awaits further results from this collaboration agreement.

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