Polish Briefing 11 January, 2021 8:30 am   
COMMENTS: Mateusz Gibała

Polish Briefing: Green hydrogen from Denmark to Poland?

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What goes on in Poland on the 11th of January.

Green hydrogen from Denmark to Poland?

The Danes intend to test the production of green hydrogen with the help of offshore wind farms. This technology may someday be used in Poland, possibly with their participation.

Orsted, Siemens Gamesa and ITM Power want to produce green hydrogen with energy from offshore wind farms as part of the Oyster project, which has received financial support of five million euros from the Joint Technology Initiative for Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, a fund from the European Commission.

Among other things, the funds will finance electrolysers to be operated under the Oyster project, which is a pilot project to assess the potential of green hydrogen. Their work is to be integrated with offshore wind farms in the future, also thanks to the technology of desalination of sea water in order to obtain it for the production of hydrogen.

Orsted and Siemens Gamesa argue that the costs of producing green hydrogen can compete with the offer to produce this fuel with the help of natural gas (blue hydrogen) thanks to “realistic CO2 taxation”. Oyster is scheduled to go live in 2021 and run by the end of 2024.

It is worth adding that the Danish Orsted has signed a preliminary cooperation agreement for the acquisition of 50 percent of shares in offshore wind farm projects of Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE). This is the basis for further negotiations on the joint construction of the Baltica 2 and 3 farms planned by PGE’s special purpose vehicle, PGE Baltica. Poles are also to adopt a hydrogen strategy in 2021, the project of which assumes technological neutrality, and therefore support for various technologies for obtaining hydrogen, including offshore aid.