PSG: we want to actively build the Polish hydrogen economy
In mid-December 2020 Polska Spółka Gazownictwa, from the PGNiG Group, joined the partnership for building a hydrogen economy; it will take part in the creation of an industry-wide hydrogen agreement.
The participants of this partnership for building a hydrogen economy want to work together to develop, sign, and implement an industry-wide agreement on cooperation for the development of a hydrogen economy in Poland, including hydrogen technologies and the national value chain, i.e. the Polish hydrogen agreement.
PSG will actively participate in the development of the ‘Hydrogen Investment Plan’ – a compilation of priority projects that will ensure the development of the hydrogen distribution network. According to the plan, it is necessary to build a pipeline dedicated only to hydrogen and to support the development and popularisation of hydrogen production methods from renewable energy sources. It should be added that the agreement joined by Polska Spółka Gazownictwa will not result in excluding from trade hydrogen produced from conventional sources, such as natural gas.
In the entire European Union, one of the main topics related to the energy industry is a radical reduction of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere, which in our conditions will mean a shift from coal to gas and renewable energy sources (RES). For many years now, bearing in mind the challenges ahead of Poland, based on the European Union’s long-term policy, the so-called European Green Deal, i.e. the proposition of achieving climate neutrality by 2050 and the prioritisation of generating energy from RES, PSG has been analysing the technological and regulatory possibilities of extending the functionality of the gas infrastructure with the ability to transport natural gas mixed with other gasses, mainly produced from renewable energy sources: biomethane, hydrogen, and synthetic natural gas.
In our opinion, the modernisation and expansion of gas networks towards the distribution of renewable fuel gasses will also bring in new customers from the energy and transport sectors, as well as industrial sectors that use fuel gasses in order to reduce the carbon footprint of their products. This action will also contribute to increasing Poland’s energy security. All these issues are reflected in the company’s strategic plans.