French Transmission System Operator (TSO) GRTgaz and the French airport authority Groupe ADP have joined hands to explore the possibility of transporting hydrogen via pipelines to Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. This groundbreaking endeavor seeks to revolutionize the way airports handle their energy needs and reduce carbon emissions.
The joint study is set to span over 12 months and encompasses several crucial objectives:
Evaluating Hydrogen Supply Chains: The study will rigorously evaluate potential hydrogen supply chains, considering import or production hubs. It delves into the technological and economic feasibility of these chains, providing a robust foundation for future planning.
Mapping New Routes: A key aspect of this study is identifying the first feasible routes for these hydrogen supply chains, utilizing new pipelines. These routes could reshape the way hydrogen is transported in the region, emphasizing efficiency and sustainability.
Timelines for Implementation: One of the critical components of the study is to set a clear timeline for the implementation of this groundbreaking infrastructure. Understanding when these changes can be realized is essential for planning and making the transition to hydrogen transport.
Forecasts from ICIS, a trusted authority on energy markets, have painted an encouraging picture for the future. Hydrogen transport demand in France is predicted to surge nearly five-fold between 2030 and 2050. This remarkable growth underscores the essential role hydrogen is poised to play in the coming decades.
The move towards hydrogen transportation isn’t just about technology; it’s about environmental stewardship. Hydrogen offers a cleaner and more sustainable way to fuel critical operations at airports. By transitioning to hydrogen, these hubs can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to a greener and more sustainable future.