By 2030, Slovakia should produce 45,000 tonnes of hydrogen annually from low-carbon technologies, according to the Action Plan for the Implementation of the National Hydrogen Strategy that the Economy Ministry has presented to the interdepartmental review after a lengthy delay.
Of this, 20,000 tonnes must be produced in electrolyzers using electricity generated by nuclear or renewable energy sources, and 20,000 tonnes must be derived from biomass and trash. The implementation of these targets should cost €955 million. According to the ministry’s explanation report, “the development of a hydrogen ecosystem would make a vital contribution to the fulfillment of climate goals and Slovakia’s carbon neutrality by 2050.”
According to the action plan, 30,000 tonnes of green and blue hydrogen (made from nuclear and renewable energy sources) should be used by industry, 5,000 tonnes for the energy sector, and 10,000 tonnes for transportation. By 2030, Slovakia should have 4,000 hydrogen-powered passenger cars, 260 hydrogen-powered buses, 600 hydrogen-powered light commercial vehicles, the same number of hydrogen-powered heavy commercial vehicles, municipal vehicles, and 12 hydrogen-powered trains operating.
Additionally, a progressive rise in hydrogen filling stations will take place. By 2025, there should be six more facilities added to the two that are now there, and by 2030, there should be 25. The National Hydrogen Strategy was authorized by the government last autumn, and the Economy Ministry submitted the first draft of the action plan this April. But it wasn’t until right before Economy Minister Richard Sulik (SaS) resigned that it reached the interdepartmental review.