The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission approved the report "On the Analysis of Prospects for Hydrogen Energy Development in the Eurasian Economic Union" and adopted a recommendation aimed at developing cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Union countries in this field. The documents were prepared in order to implement the Main Directions for Industrial Cooperation within the Eurasian Economic Union until 2025.
The report contains information on comprehensive analysis of main technologies for hydrogen manufacturing, transportation, storage and application; review of global experience in the hydrogen energy sector using the examples of several countries; trends of hydrogen energy development in the EAEU States.
The document pays special attention to analyzing potential opportunities and drawbacks for developing hydrogen energy and corresponding projects in the Union countries. Also, it describes the main points and goals of growth for each Member State taking into account maturity of the industry's regulatory and legal framework, resources and the country's potential, defines the goals and proposes directions for further industry development.
"To promote hydrogen energy in the Union, it is necessary to pay special attention to facilitating research and technology cooperation of our countries, as well as making innovations, component prototypes and finished products in three directions. These are hydrogen production, transportation, storage and applications (transport, industrial manufacturing)," noted Artak Kamalyan, EEC Minister in charge of Industry and Agricultural Sector.
The recommendation defines promising development directions for research and technology cooperation in the field of EAEU hydrogen energy, such as low-carbon hydrogen production via water electrolysis through the use of electric power from NPPs, small HPPs and renewable energy sources; low-carbon hydrogen production from hydrocarbons using various methods; hydrogen compression, liquefaction, storage and transportation; hydrogen transport and infrastructure required for it; materials for solid oxide electrolyzer cells and fuel cells, as well as for applying promising hydrogen storage technologies.
The implementation process will contribute to developing cooperative ties between the Union Member States in the field of hydrogen energy, research and technology cooperation, experience exchange between Member States on key hydrogen technologies and projects, facilitate joint research and development of technologies by efforts of organizations from the Five countries in the promising cooperation directions of the field in question.
"Adoption of the recommendation is the first step towards establishing cooperation between the EAEU Member States in the field of hydrogen energy," stressed Artak Kamalyan.