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Spain’s Hydrogen Ambition: Between reindustrialisation and export-led energy integration with the EU
- Mar 31, 2023 12:22 pm GMT
My last paper for the Research Institute for Sustainability (RIFS) on how hydrogen is reshaping the Spanish domestic and international energy dimension.
You can find it here:
Its main takeaways:
When published in 2020, the Spanish Hydrogen Strategy was focused on the creation of hydrogen clusters that could concentrate production and consumption, attracting economic activity associated with the molecule based on a narrative of reindustrialization.
The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the EU Commission's call in the REPowerEU to increase the level of ambition for renewable hydrogen has led to a change in Spain's hydrogen policy, reinforcing its external and energy security dimensions and contributing to a more geopolitically resilient Europe.
This strategic shift exposes a trade-off between hydrogen production for domestic consumption as a driver of green reindustrialisation, versus an export model that improves the Iberian Peninsula's energy integration with Europe.
Infrastructure development will be decisive in defining the prevailing model, as will European regulation on the definition of low carbon hydrogen and industrial policy.
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