Last week, the Clean Hydrogen Partnership published its Second Report on Hydrogen in Ports and Coastal Areas. It is an excellent Report which provides a detailed outline of the opportunities for the development of hydrogen in ports and the way in which ports can play a key role in the development of a hydrogen economy. It balances the opportunities offered by hydrogen with an outline of the technological and non-technological barriers – including governance – that need to be overcome. A link to the Press Release is below:
This is the second in a series of three reports on the subject with the first Report being published in March this year The third Report will be published in November. The current report is aimed at policy makers, port authorities and port stakeholders. It outlines priority areas to address technological, safety and non-technical (policy, regulatory, governance, strategic) gaps for the development of hydrogen related activities and infrastructure in EU port areas. The document states that “ European ports are natural gateways for hydrogen and hydrogen carrier flows to European industries and transport networks” It argues that port authorities need to move beyond their traditional roles and become facilitators of energy transition. It lists non technological challenge, especially governance, that ports and port authorities need to examine and also looks at these challenges from a Member State point of view.
The report also looks at a range of issues from hydrogen production and storage to type of hydrogen and hydrogen derivatives available and bunkering issues.