Germany has floated the idea of constructing a 400-mile hydrogen pipeline beneath the North Sea, connecting with the UK.
The proposal, discussed by Germany’s Green Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck and UK Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch, aims to bolster Germany’s hydrogen import capabilities as it strives to achieve net-zero goals.
Germany’s pursuit of a hydrogen pipeline underscores its commitment to reducing reliance on fossil fuels, particularly in the industrial sector. With a strong emphasis on hydrogen in its climate strategy, the country seeks innovative solutions for decarbonizing challenging industrial processes.
The envisioned economic model involves the UK harnessing its extensive offshore wind reserves to produce hydrogen. The produced hydrogen would then be transported through the North Sea via the proposed pipeline to fuel Germany’s industrial activities.
The proposal holds the potential to redefine energy security and trade relationships between the UK and Germany. Germany’s plans to import 70% of its hydrogen align with a broader European shift towards hydrogen as a key player in sectors like steelmaking, chemicals, and cement that resist electrification.