Ukraine can potentially produce 5.5 billion cubic meters of green hydrogen annually, said Konstantin Gura, acting Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, during an online workshop organised by UNECE (UN European Economic Commission for Europe).
He further added that the country first has to develop the necessary legislation first. He outlined Ukraine’s significant potential for producing and using hydrogen and the steps required to develop the full value chain.
UNECE experts, with the support of the Ministry of Energy and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving, have conducted a study of the potential of hydrogen technologies in Ukraine. The study results revealed the importance of introducing the hydrogen economy for Ukraine with its potential advantages especially in relation to the EU.
The energy agency said that the goals of the country’s long term strategy for energy up to 2035 to install wind farms and solar energy, the average annual production of green hydrogen could reach 5.5 billion nm3 (nearly half a million tonnes as H2 Bulletin estimates).
To prepare the Hydrogen Energy Development Strategy for Ukraine by 2050, the following issues need to be addressed:
- A pilot project for the production of green hydrogen
- Development of hydrogen transportation infrastructure
- Provisions of incentives
- Development of legislation and standards for the production, transportation, storage and use of hydrogen
During the workshop, he said, “Today we presented a roadmap for production and use of hydrogen in Ukraine, developed in collaboration with UNECE. This is part of our strategy to reduce the dependence on fossil fuels.” He said that Ukraine would focus on the production of carbon-neutral (green) hydrogen.