Germany, Denmark agree green hydrogen partnership

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May 19 (Renewables Now) - Germany and Denmark have agreed to launch cooperation on green hydrogen based on renewable energy both onshore and offshore as part of efforts to strengthen energy security and diversify the energy supply in Europe.

The areas of collaboration include the development of the regulatory framework on a European level to support the creation of a green hydrogen economy, an increase in sector integration such as the usage of surplus heat from electrolysers to produce fuels and chemicals in the district heating system as well as support for the use of green hydrogen in industrial processes such as steel and ammonia to decarbonise energy-intensive industries.

The two countries pledged also to support the roll-out of infrastructure for the storage and transportation of hydrogen and enable cross-border trade of the clean fuel. The construction of a hydrogen interconnector between Denmark and Germany will also be examined.

The agreement was signed by Germany's minister of climate action Robert Habeck and his Danish counterpart, Dan Jørgensen, at the North Sea Summit which took place in Esberg, Denmark, on Wednesday. The summit was also attended by the energy ministers of the Netherlands and Belgium, as well as the President of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, EU Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson and representatives of companies from the four countries.

At the summit, the four countries agreed to pursue a tenfold increase in the installed wind capacity in the North Sea to 150 GW by 2050.

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