It can be injected into the gas network and subsequently used to generate electricity and heat homes. Finally, it can be combined with captured carbon dioxide to produce climate-neutral chemicals and green diesel and jet fuel.
All of these hydrogen applications will significantly reduce emissions. But using hydrogen and derivative fuels to decarbonize high-emission industries that are difficult or impossible to electrify will be the real game changer. Hydrogen is simply the only way to put industries like chemicals, steel, marine and air transport on a realistic path to carbon neutrality.
Uniper is a hydrogen pacesetter. Our two power-to-gas plants in northern Germany have shown in the past how surplus wind power can be used to run equipment that transforms water into zero-carbon hydrogen. We’re also collaborating with other companies to enable a European-wide hydrogen market ramp-up.
For hydrogen to achieve its decarbonization potential in Europe, much of it will have to be imported. Uniper has been procuring gas worldwide — by pipeline and by ship — for decades. These activities and relationships provide a platform on which we can build a strong commercial position in the global hydrogen economy.