Hydrogen can be produced by various process technologies. Firstly, hydrogen can be obtained from natural gas through a steam reforming process or a methane pyrolysis process. Secondly, hydrogen can also be produced by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen via electrolysis (power-to-gas). Thirdly, hydrogen can be produced via gasification process, by converting solid fuel (coal or woody biomass) to hydrogen. Fourthly, hydrogen can also by produced through anaerobic digestion, converting wet biomass to hydrogen. At present, steam methane reforming is the most common method of producing hydrogen.
Hydrogen can be utilised directly as fuel or, depending on the application, blended with natural gas.
Hydrogen production from RES-based electricity in power-to-gas facilities or from other fuels in combination with CCS contributes to the decarbonisation of the energy system.
SunsHyne Corridor is a strategic infrastructure initiative that will enable the transport of green hydrogen, mainly via repurposed pipelines, from production areas in North Africa to demand centres in Central Europe. Five leading European gas transmission system operators - Snam, TAG, Eustream, NET4GAS and OGE - are working together to implement till 2030 this important segment of 3400 km length of the European Hydrogen Backbone. The SunsHyne Corridor enables supply to high-demand centres in Central Europe all along the route.
The Central European Hydrogen Corridor (CEHC) aims to create a hydrogen “highway“ in Central Europe for transporting hydrogen from major hydrogen supply areas in Ukraine to hydrogen demand clusters in Germany. The hydrogen corridor will also enable hydrogen transport between hydrogen production facilities and hydrogen consumers in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. With an initial technical capacity of 144 GWh/d, the project aims to transport green hydrogen as of 2030.
The vision of the Czech German Hydrogen Interconnector (CGHI) initiative is to create a hydrogen interconnector to connect high potential hydrogen supply areas in Northern Germany and Baltics with expected high demand clusters in the EU (predominantly in South Germany and North Bohemia). Additionally, it will also enable connection of local suppliers and consumers along the corridor.
HyDeal is to enable hydrogen transport from Spain to France and, in a second step, to Germany. It aims for expansion with production in Tunisia and Italy, and transport via Italy.
Project envisages construction of a 2 km hydrogen pipeline and facilities connecting Green H2 production plant of Società Chimica Bussi (SCB) to SGI high-pressure gas network. This connection will provide:
GRTgaz SA and Creos Deutschland GmbH are collaborating to create a 100% pure hydrogen infrastructure, connecting the Saar (Germany), Lorraine (France) and the Luxembourg border. This 70 km-long infrastructure will be capable of transporting up to 20,000 m³/h (60 MW) of pure hydrogen via retrofitted existing gas pipelines.
The project calls for the first hydrogen cavern to be operational around 2030. The location and geological conditions allow for the creation of a storage facility of key importance to the energy security of Poland and the construction of the entire hydrogen economy. The storage facility can ideally fit into hydrogen clusters that will be created around industrial centers as well as offshore and renewable energy storage facilities.
H-vision is working to set up plants that will soon be supplying industry with low-carbon hydrogen. This unique partnership extends through the entire chain, and includes three refineries, electric power companies and a number of knowledge partners that collaborate to accelerate the development of the new network. The first plant, with a capacity of approximately 750 MW, will be completed by late 2026. A second hydrogen plant can increase the total capacity to over 1,500 MW. In partnership with, Deltalinqs, Air Liquide, BP, the Port of Rotterdam Authority, ONYX-Power Rotterdam, EBN, Equinor, Shell, Uniper, Royal Vopak and ExxonMobil.
Hydrogen from a large-scale electrolysis shall be injected into the gas transmission network of ONTRAS. The energy will be commercially offered to reduce the CO2 footprint of private households. At later stages the hydrogen ratio in the gas supply of a community will be increased with the target of eventually switch to a 100% hydrogen.
The GET H2 partners BP, Evonik, Nowega, OGE and RWE Generation want to jointly build the first publicly accessible hydrogen infrastructure. The GET H2 Nukleus project combines the production of green hydrogen with industrial customers in Lower Saxony and NRW. The approximately 130-kilometer network from Lingen to Gelsenkirchen will be the first H2 network in the regulated area with non-discriminatory access and transparent prices.