What role can existing natural gas infrastructure take in the development of the hydrogen market?

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The pro’s and con’s of blending hydrogen in the natural gas network  

What role can the existing natural gas infrastructure take in the development of the hydrogen market?

Curious to know what role hydrogen energy can take in the development of the energy industry? Want to know all about blending of hydrogen in the natural gas network? Want to understand for which sectors Gasunie sees a switch to hydrogen to be an option? Read all about these topics (and many others) in this interview with René Schutte, programme manager of HyWay, the hydrogen programme at Gasunie.

Hydrogen, the surprise of the decade

In the last couple of months hydrogen has taken center stage in the world-wide debate about the energy transition. In an earlier piece we addressed the question whether hydrogen will become the surprise of this decade, similar to the way Solar PV and Wind electricity production surprised many last decade. In this interview we get the perspective from Gasunie on the development of the hydrogen market.

Gasunie, a Dutch gasinfrastructure company, is one of the front runners and thought leaders in Europe and beyond on the topic with several real life asset projects (electrolyser projects, dedicated pipelines amongst others) on their way. Recently Deloitte has supported Gasunie in the development of their Hydrogen Programme Plan that will enable Gasunie to deliver on its ambition play a leading role in the development of the hydrogen market. During this project we talked to René Schutte to get his view on the development of the hydrogen market in The Netherlands and the role Gasunie could play. With René we talked about the various aspects of developing the hydrogen market, the need for a much more integrated energy system and the required partnerships to make that happen. 

Interview with René Schutte, programme manager of HyWay, the hydrogen programme at Gasunie

Previously, a lot of parties were involved in siloed parts of the value chain. But we have now realized that we have to build an end-to-end solution through cooperation in order to develop positive business cases.

René also shared his view on blending hydrogen in the network 

I see blending as a solution to scale up production of hydrogen. (…) I believe mixing on a virtual level is a better solution. This means creating an obligation to buy certificates to offset the use of more carbon intensive forms of energy. It would allow the scale up of hydrogen production while also reducing overall carbon emissions.

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