The EU ambassador to Ukraine spoke about this in an interview with Ukrinform (Ukrainian national news agency). "The EU is interested in expanding cooperation with Ukraine in this direction and integrating Ukraine into the EU hydrogen market, which is developing today. This will require a discussion of the further transformation of the Ukrainian energy sector, the introduction of uniform rules and standards, as well as investment conditions," says the ambassador.
According to him, today, the production of hydrogen is very energy-intensive. Therefore, its implementation should be focused on those sectors where it is most needed. This requires, in particular, the availability of sufficient amounts of renewable energy.
Therefore, the priority for Ukraine, also from the point of view of the development of hydrogen technologies, should be a significant increase in renewable production capacities in the country.
Hydrogen Europe (the European industry association for hydrogen Technologies) estimates that in 2030 Ukraine could generate significant amounts of ammonia (produced using hydrogen) and hydrogen produced using renewable electricity, which can then be exported via pipelines to the EU. There is still a lot of work to be done, and the EU can help facilitate the transport of hydrogen to its markets.
The State agency for energy efficiency and energy saving and the Ministry of energy is developing a draft strategy to produce hydrogen energy in Ukraine. The hydrogen strategy includes three key elements: production, transportation, and hydrogen storage. According to expert recommendations, the plan's implementation will occur in three stages: 2021-2025, 2025-2030, and after 2030.