Combine solar with green hydrogen

9/18/18, 12:21 PM -

Green hydrogen and solar provide new opportunities to decarbonise the economy. SolarPower Europe joined a Hydrogen Initiative.

Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg developed a solar powered hydrogen fuel station.
Fraunhofer ISE in Freiburg developed a solar powered hydrogen fuel station.

At the Charge for Change conference organised by the Austrian Presidency of the Council, SolarPower Europe yesterday co-signed the Hydrogen Initiative. This declaration highlights the importance of renewables-based hydrogen to achieve a complete decarbonisation of the European economy.

Greater penetration of renewables into the energy system

Aurelie Beauvais, Policy Director of SolarPower Europe said "Green hydrogen makes perfect sense in an energy system with high shares of renewables and constitutes a new opportunity to support the full decarbonisation of our economy. The European Union should therefore pioneer the development of such technologies, which will support an even greater penetration of renewables into the energy system.

Decarbonise industry, heavy transport and the heating sector

Naomi Chevillard, Policy Advisor at SolarPower Europe added: "A cross-sectoral approach such as solar and hydrogen is important to support more ambitious CO2 emissions reductions, and pool synergies between available resources to achieve a smarter and greener economy. In particular, it will be key to support the full-decarbonisation of sectors using high-temperature heat processes (industry, heavy transport, heating) which have more difficulties to decarbonise through direct electrification. (HCN)

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