A ramp up of hydrogen electrolyzer production to around 25 GW per year and an installed electrolyzer capacity of 90-100 GW. Quite ambitious targets, indeed, those set within the REPowerEU project, which intends to promote 10 mt of locally produced renewable hydrogen and 10 mt in imports by 2030. That’s why some days ago Commissioner for the Internal Market Thierry Breton and 20 CEOs representing the European electrolyser manufacturing sector met in Brussels.
Three pillars for hydrogen electrolyzer production
As reported by Hydrogen Europe, Commissioner Breton and the electrolyzer manufacturing sector signed a Joint Declaration featuring 3 pillars. First, ensuring a supportive regulatory framework through adequate permitting rules and committing to stand up for the ambitious targets included in the revision of the Renewable Energy Directive and the Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation Proposal. Second, facilitating adequate access to finance by revamping the Innovation Fund to be inclusive of innovative zero and low-carbon equipment manufacturing such as electrolysers. In addition, accessing to state aid to derisk investments, and put in place Carbon Contracts for Difference to further incentivise large-scale deployment of clean hydrogen technologies. Third, integrating supply chains by way of expanding Research and Development and ensuring the availability of required components and materials in a timely and affordable manner.
Support granted by the EU Commission
«With RePowerEU, we have just doubled our target for EU hydrogen production to 10m tons by 2030. This will require large amounts of electrolysers for hydrogen production. European electrolyser manufacturers are global technology leaders. Today industry agreed to a tenfold increase in electrolyser manufacturing capacities in Europe to meet our RePowerEU targets. The Commission is committed to support this important industrial upscaling with a number of supportive measures», stated Thierry Breton, Commissioner for the Internal Market.
«The electrolyser manufacturing capacity must be scaled-up significantly to meet the expected European demand for renewable hydrogen. There is no Hydrogen Accelerator without an acceleration in electrolyser manufacturing. There is no acceleration in electrolyser manufacturing in Europe without adequate regulatory and financial support. Cost effective and scalable solutions are key qualification criteria. It’s time to walk the talk», added Jon André Løkke, CEO of Nel Hydrogen and President of Hydrogen Europe.