This will be determined in the first year of the project.
Offshore wind holds the key to decarbonise the European economy. This means that very large amounts of renewable energy need to be transmitted to shore. Offshore hydrogen production could be a potential future supplemental way of bringing some of the vast amounts of renewable energy from far-shore offshore wind farms to shore.
This is most likely to happen after 2030.
This project will analyze the feasibility of future offshore hydrogen deployment, and we will work to understand these factors better.
We envisage that in 2030-2040 we will see transnational hydrogen grid. Supplementary to expanded power transmission, a ‘backbone’ hydrogen grid could connect renewable hydrogen production – onshore and offshore – in regions with wind or solar resources to the industrial centres. This might leverage existing infrastructure, where natural gas pipelines are retrofitted to hydrogen transport, or involve development of new pipelines designated for hydrogen.
Offshore renewable hydrogen production is a potential future supplemental way of bringing some of the vast amounts of renewable energy from far-shore offshore wind farms to shore. There will be a significant need for build-out of power transmission grids and interconnectors across Europe and renewable hydrogen transmission can in no way replace this.