Croatia’s first hydrogen production facility is anticipated to open in 2025, and the government has already begun the process of establishing a national policy in this area.
The Croatian government began a procedure to establish the country’s hydrogen strategy for the period 2021-2025 in February this year, and the document’s writing is already underway, according to a round table on hydrogen as a future fuel.
Participants at the round table discussed the significance of hydrogen in Croatia’s energy transition, noting that hydrogen, as a fuel or raw material, helps enhance the use and integration of renewable energy sources, store energy, and decarbonize transportation and industry.
INA, a Croatian oil firm, is already planning to bring hydrogen into the transportation sector. Environmental preservation measures, according to INA’s Tomo Gali, will almost likely result in a reduction in demand for diesel fuels, and the firm will have to provide an alternative, sustainable fuel, notably hydrogen.
Hydrogen plays a part in the decarbonization of transportation in Denmark, according to Iva Ridjan Skov, a Croatian lecturer at Copengahen’s Aalborgu university, and the government is working on technology for converting hydrogen into liquid and gaseous fuels.
Last year, the European Union (EU) approved its hydrogen policy, which calls for the building of 40 GW of electrolyzers by 2030, as well as more solar and wind capacity to deliver renewable power to these hydrogen-producing facilities. The European Union will also invest in hydrogen transportation, storage, and distribution, as well as filling stations.