Germany to join Mediterranean hydrogen pipeline project – DW – 01/22/2023

Germany to join Mediterranean hydrogen pipeline project – DW – 01/22/2023

Germany will join a brand new hydrogen pipeline project between Spain, Portugal and France, in accordance to the Franco-German declaration on Sunday’s sixtieth anniversary of the Elysee Treaty.

The project, referred to as H2Med, will join Portugal and Spain with France and now Germany to provide about 10% of the European Union’s hydrogen demand by 2030.

The pipeline underneath the Mediterranean Sea will carry inexperienced hydrogen, made out of water by way of electrolysis utilizing renewable vitality.

The Spanish authorities estimates H2Med will likely be in a position to provide some two million metric tons of hydrogen yearly.

It comes as Europe scrambles to scale back dependence on Russian vitality and shift from fossil fuels to cleaner vitality.

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Germany and France dedicated to creating hydrogen manufacturing

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron stated they had been “stepping up our investments within the applied sciences of tomorrow, significantly renewable and low carbon energies.”

A joint working group between the 2 nations will make “suggestions on our strategic decisions relating to hydrogen improvement,” on the finish of April 2023.

Macron stated after internet hosting Scholz in Paris, “We began to speak about a method for what we wish to do on an vitality viewpoint.”

Scholz famous, “We need hydrogen to be accessible in giant portions and at inexpensive costs because the gasoline of the longer term.”

Scholz added, “This is a technological advance that we will solely obtain collectively. And we now have additionally agreed carefully that we wish to obtain this collectively.”

Spain welcomes Germany’s inclusion

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez welcomed the information by posting a message on Twitter saying it “positively strengthens its pan-European dimension.”

He added it confirmed help for European vitality sovereignty, including a muscle emoji to his message.

When Madrid, Paris and Lisbon agreed in December to construct the pipeline, it was anticipated to price €2.5 billion ($2.6 billion). However, it wasn’t instantly clear how a lot Germany’s inclusion would add to the prices.

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lo/ar (AFP, AP, dpa, Reuters)