Based on European Commission’s Energy System Integration and Hydrogen Strategies the gas and hydrogen value chains need to deliver on a European hydrogen economy and future role of existing gas infrastructure in development of a European hydrogen market.
In order to deliver on European Commission’s Energy System Integration and Hydrogen Strategies there is a need to speed up the repurposing of existing infrastructure and to establish the European hydrogen backbone a coordinated periodic design phase is recommended with each TYNDP. The development of first 'no-regrets' hydrogen backbone should be a priority for the EU, and needs to start now, already through its design in the TYNDP 2022.
Therefore, in October 2020 ENTSOG will launch an Advisory Panel for Future Gas Grids with the purpose to ensure transparency and coordination between the entire value chain to transition to Hydrogen economy, support gas TSOs & stakeholders in identifying practical challenges and solutions for gas grids on:
The panel will discuss how to convert and adapt the existing system to future needs, focusing on infrastructure, technical, regulatory and organisational aspects of such transition. The main deliverable of this Advisory Panel will be to produce a Recommendation Report once per year and potentially to issue specific recommendation as needed.
ENTSOG will initiate soon the invitation process for stakeholders to join the Advisory Panel for Future Gas Grids. The first meeting of this group should take place in November 2020. Bi-monthly meetings are foreseen.
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