The decarbonisation of our energy system will increase both electricity demand and system flexibility needs. To that end, dispatchable hydrogen-ready power plants complement variable renewables by ensuring that the electricity system remains stable: they balance electricity demand and supply and bring efficiency and flexibility to the system in a sustainable manner.
The hydrogen-readiness of the technology, the availability of hydrogen for power plants and supportive business models are the essential blocks to make hydrogen power generation a reality:
A policy framework supporting change towards hydrogen-ready power plants is needed.
In connection with the Hydrogen and Gas Markets Decarbonisation Package, EUTurbines highlights the need for:
- An integrated infrastructure planning that includes technology providers, where the H2-Readiness for different gas customer segments is considered
- Access of power plants to hydrogen networks, allowing them to connect to repurposed and new hydrogen infrastructure to enable their switch to climate-neutral gases
- Predictable hydrogen market developments, including EU-wide targets for GHG intensity reduction and for renewable gases as well as EU-wide minimum hydrogen blending levels and rules
- Business models valuing flexible, dispatchable and decarbonised power, so that hydrogen power is attractive for investors and power plant operators
Find more details in the EUGINE-EUTurbines H2-Ready Policy Recommendations “Hydrogen Power — What is needed to make it a reality?” below.
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