Sibelga at the heart of the debate on clean hydrogen in Europe
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Sibelga at the heart of the debate on clean hydrogen in Europe

With the establishment of the European Alliance for Clean Hydrogen, Europe is giving the energy transition a boost. 

When we talk about the energy transition, we spontaneously think of renewable energies. But in recent years, green hydrogen has also increasingly entered the picture.

And with good reason! Green hydrogen opens up new prospects for the use of surplus renewable electricity. So much so that Europe thinks it will play a key role in the transition to a carbon-neutral economy by 2050.

The European Clean Hydrogen Alliance

To give a boost to its development, Europe set up the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance in 2020.

Composed of hundreds of members representing public authorities, industry, associations and financial institutions, this initiative aims to develop a clean, strong, innovative and competitive hydrogen sector that is fully capable of enabling and supporting Europe's energy transition.

Sibelga at the heart of exchanges

In concrete terms, this Alliance will operate in particular in the form of round tables: working groups on specific themes in charge of identifying the most promising hydrogen projects in order to submit a proposal to the European Commission on the investments to be made.

Marie-Pierre Fauconnier, CEO of Sibelga, will co-chair the round table composed of around thirty CEOs, which will be devoted to applications related to green hydrogen building. More information:

  • the supply of urban heating networks, to heat districts with carbon-neutral energy;
  • cogeneration systems that create both heat and electricity and can be powered by a fuel cell;
  • the study of hydrogen/natural gas mixtures in distribution networks.

These exchanges will enable the selection of several promising, concrete and innovative projects to accelerate the energy transition!

What exactly is green hydrogen?

New techniques now make it possible to transform electricity into hydrogen. They open up new prospects for exploiting the green electricity produced in surplus when the photovoltaic panels or wind turbines are running at full capacity.

This gas has several advantages:

  • it is carbon neutral and its combustion emits only water vapour;
  • it is easy to store (unlike electricity);
  • it is very versatile and can be used in residential, mobility or even industrial applications. In this sense, renewable hydrogen is the natural complement to intermittent renewable electricity.

In short, it is a real bridge between energies! Sibelga is already involved in research on the use of green hydrogen as an alternative to natural gas through the project H2GridLab