Russia, Germany considering joint pilot projects to produce, ship hydrogen to Germany – Novak

MOSCOW. Dec 1 (Interfax) – Russia and Germany are exploring various forms of cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak said at the Russian-German Raw Materials Forum.

He said the countries are considering creating technology partnerships with German companies and implementing joint pilot projects to produce and ship hydrogen to Germany. They are also discussing drawing up a joint roadmap for the development of hydrogen energy, cooperation between the two countries’ research institutes, and the possibility of sharing know-how in the area of government regulation of the development of hydrogen energy, Novak said.

“The Russian Federation has substantial potential in the area of hydrogen energy. Our country has a significant resource base – reserves of natural gas, oil, coal – and it also has spare capacity for production of electricity and scientific competencies in the area of generation, transportation and storage of hydrogen. A geographically convenient location in regard to the main markets for hydrogen, European Union and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) countries, can also be named among the competitive advantages,” Novak said.

“Russia’s energy strategy to 2035 calls for the development of hydrogen energy and for our country to become one of the world leaders in its production and export,” he said.

The priorities for achieving the set goals include expanding the scale of hydrogen production from natural gas using renewable sources of energy and nuclear power; developing domestic low-carbon technologies to produce hydrogen; and state support for the construction of infrastructure for the transportation and consumption of hydrogen, Novak said.

In addition, it is also necessary to stimulate demand on the domestic market for fuel cells based on hydrogen and natural gas in transport, as well as their use as accumulators and converters of energy, and the expansion of international cooperation on the development of hydrogen energy and entering foreign markets, he said.

However, cooperation between Russia and Germany in conventional energy sectors remains just as important, Novak said. Hydrocarbons, particularly natural gas, remain the key element in the global energy balance and will play a leading role in making the energy transition, he said.

“At the same time I’ll stress that fossil fuels can also be environmentally neutral taking into account the development and application of modern technologies. A lot of work is already being done in this direction, including through joint efforts with the global community,” Novak said.

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