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France unveils hydrogen ambitions

Source: Twitter, @N_Hulot

June 4 (Renewables Now) - France's environment minister Nicolas Hulot has unveiled a plan to drive hydrogen deployment as a tool of the energy transition.

From 2019, EUR 100 million (USD 117m) will be dedicated to support the deployment of hydrogen in the industry, mobility and energy sectors, according to the plan, presented on Friday. The allocation of this support will be led by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME).

The objectives of the plan include a goal for 10% decarbonised hydrogen in the industrial sector by 2023, rising to between 20% and 40% by 2028. The plan will also seek to develop the capabilities of hydrogen as a form of renewable energy storage. As for hydrogen's role in the transport sector, the goals include 5,000 light commercial vehicles and 200 heavy vehicles by 2023, as well as the construction of 100 hydrogen stations. By 2028 France could have up to 10 times more stations and vehicles using the gas.

The minister said that hydrogen can become one of the pillars of the carbon neutral energy model, given the breadth of its applications in storing electricity, powering cars, capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) and making industrial processes cleaner.

The development of hydrogen goes hand in hand with renewable energy generation as in order to be sustainable, hydrogen has to be produced from decarbonised electricity, the statement notes. Hydrogen can help store intermittent renewables and achieve 100% renewable energy.

(EUR 1 = USD 1.172)

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