Greece’s network operators need to pursue projects concerning the development of networks designed to carry and distribute hydrogen, the new clean fuel whose rise is leading to major changes.
Companies such as Greek gas grid operator DESFA, gas utility DEPA and distributors will need to include hydrogen-related projects in their next network development programs. Hydrogen projects are expected to be eligible for favorable EU funding.
A fortnight ago, EU energy commissioner Kadri Simon informed European Parliament’s Committee on Industry, Research and Energy that a new regulation for projects of common interest (PCI) will place emphasis on hydrogen networks, carbon capture, domain bridging, storage batteries and smart networks.
In addition, a German government official recently declared that hydrogen will become the new gasoline, noting Germany will play a leading role in its overall development.
Quite clearly, national governments and major energy companies around Europe are working to establish hydrogen as a key fuel in the adjustment needed to achieve decarbonization goals.
In Greece, network operators will need to seize the opportunity and plan hydrogen projects eligible for a share of the EU’s PCI funds.