EWE launches first-ever market survey on green hydrogen demand

Hydrogen customers can register and participate from 26 February

Oldenburg, 19 February 2024. One of the key focus areas of EWE's large-scale storage and hydrogen business division is the upstream sector (hydrogen production). The company is the first in Germany to launch a nationwide survey about the future demand for green hydrogen, in accordance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). This directive defines which hydrogen will qualify as “green” within the European Union in the future, i.e. hydrogen that has been produced exclusively using renewable electricity. “The survey is aimed at all market participants who need green hydrogen, including representatives from the industrial and mobility sectors, as well as intermediaries,” says Dr Timo di Nardo, Head of Commercial and Sales Hydrogen at EWE.

Interested customers can take part in the survey from Monday, 26 February 2024 at https://business.ewe.de/energie/wasserstoff/market-survey

“We believe that the hydrogen ramp-up has progressed to a point where it is the perfect time for a survey like this. The draft plan presented by the gas transmission network operators for the hydrogen core network in November of last year allows us to be more confident with our plans so that we can continue to make targeted investments in hydrogen production,” said di Nardo.

Depending on the findings of the survey, EWE may scale up its green hydrogen production capacities even further than planned. EWE aims to establish an electrolysis capacity of around 400 megawatts by 2027 before increasing that figure to over 1 gigawatt by 2030. However, di Nardo noted that binding contracts would need to be concluded for the purchase of corresponding hydrogen volumes. He also stated that EWE already has signed letters of intent from customers in the industrial and mobility sectors.

“This detailed market survey looking into the demand for hydrogen shows that EWE is once again taking a pioneering role in driving the hydrogen ramp-up and is clear evidence of its continued commitment in this field,” said EWE Chief Technology Officer Dr Urban Keussen. EWE GASSPEICHER conduced a market survey on the storage requirements for green hydrogen last autumn. “The storage needs reported in that survey have made us very confident that the responses to the upcoming hydrogen demand survey will align with our planned production capacity,” said Keussen.

As part of the IPCEI project "Clean Hydrogen Coastline," EWE is pursuing a range of hydrogen-related projects at every stage of the value chain. This includes hydrogen generation, transportation and utilisation - particularly in the industrial and transport sectors - as well as hydrogen storage in underground storage caverns.

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EWE is an innovative service provider active in the business areas of energy, telecommunications and information technology. With over 10,100 employees and sales of EUR 8.6 billion in 2022, EWE is one of the largest utility companies in Germany. The company, based in Oldenburg, Lower Saxony, is primarily owned by the local government. It provides electricity to around 1.4 million customers in northwest Germany, Brandenburg and on the island of Rügen, as well as parts of Poland, and supplies natural gas to almost 0.7 million customers. It also provides approximately 0.7 million customers with telecommunications services. EWE plays a pioneering role in the areas of climate protection and digital participation. To this end, the Group will invest over one billion euros in the expansion of the fibre-optic infrastructure in the coming years and four billion euros in the erection of new wind turbines. It is also a leader in the development of hydrogen infrastructure. More information on EWE can be found at www.ewe.com.

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