On November 30th, the Ministry of Energy in the Republic of Lithuania announced the successful completion of an agreement establishing a hydrogen platform between 19 Lithuanian organizations, including the Ministry of Economy and Innovation and the Ministry of Transport. Three member organizations of the Central Europe Energy Partners, EPSO-G, Amber Grid and Achema, are among the signatories of this agreement. The Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform sets the following objectives:
- Participate in the formation of national, regional and EU policies and objectives including, but not limited to, the preparation of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Strategy and Hydrogen Development Action Plan;
- Contribute to proposing legislative initiatives to promote the development of hydrogen technologies in the country, ensuring cross-sectoral integration of hydrogen and the deployment of related technologies;
- Encourage joint research, experimental development and innovation activities of Members with an aim to developing new products, services and businesses related to hydrogen technologies in the country.
Recently, Rolandas Zukas, CEO of EPSO-G, emphasized that “this agreement is laying a solid foundation for the development of hydrogen energy in Lithuania. […] we see that hydrogen energy will create significant synergies in the electricity and gas sectors.”. EPSO-G group companies have already shifted their focus towards the investments in research for hydrogen technology applications, including piloting projects.
As hydrogen becomes an essential element of the energy mix in Europe, novel ideas must be developed around the efficient production, storage and transportation of green hydrogen. This requires cooperation among energy companies, public institutions and researchers, among others. A well-functioning eco-system must be created enabling synergies between different power supply sectors, public institutions and different EU member states. First and foremost green hydrogen is a way to bridge the gap between electricity and gas providers, contributing to the European efforts to decarbonize our economies.
Earlier this month, Central Europe Energy Partners also joined the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, with an objective to contribute to the green transformation processes of Central and Eastern European regions.