The Government today approved the Council of Ministers resolution that approves the National Hydrogen Strategy.
“This diploma defines the national strategy for Hydrogen, promoting the gradual introduction of this gas as a sustainable pillar and integrated in the most comprehensive strategy for the transition to a decarbonized economy. It was approved after a public consultation process that was complemented by the organization of six debate sessions with agents from the area of innovation and development, industry, transport, energy, training, qualification and employment ”, according to the statement by the Council of Ministers that today took place.
The Government points out that by 2030 hydrogen may generate investments in the order of seven billion to nine billion euros. This strategy could also lead to a "reduction in imports of natural gas between 380 and 740 million euros and ammonia of around 180 million euros", according to the Ministry of the Environment.
In terms of job creation, the tutelage of João Matos Fernandes estimates that between 8.500 and 12.000 new direct and indirect jobs can be created.
The national hydrogen strategy has five central points:
1 - The creation of an anchor project for the production of green hydrogen in Sines. “Focused on solar energy, but also on wind power, it takes advantage of the strategic location of Sines, where an industrial unit with a total capacity in electrolyzers of at least 1 gigawatt will be installed by 2030. This will allow Sines to be positioned, and Portugal, as an important green hydrogen production center ”, according to a statement from the Ministry of the Environment.
2 - Decarbonized heavy transport. “The decarbonisation of the heavy transport sector, in which hydrogen, and synthetic fuels produced from hydrogen, in addition to electricity and advanced biofuels, are essential for decarbonisation. In parallel, the hydrogen supply infrastructures will be supported, preferably with associated local production ”, according to the tutelage.
3 - The ministry also points out that this strategy aims to “decarbonization of national industryabove all, among others, of the chemical, extractive, glass and ceramic and cement subsectors ”.
4 - Laboratory for hydrogen. The Government intends to create a “collaborative laboratory for hydrogen, as a national and international reference of R&D activity around the relevant components of the hydrogen value chain. It is intended that this laboratory develops new industries and services and qualified human resources ”.
5 - Portugal submits application in Brussels to try to obtain European funds. “The formalization of an application to IPCEI (acronym for the English designation of Important Project of Common European Interest) Hydrogen. During 2020, work will continue to prepare for the submission of an application to IPCEI Hydrogen, with the aim of supporting the development of the industrial value chain around green hydrogen ”.