Finland’s North Ostrobothnia region should be able to produce ‘at least’ one-tenth of the EU’s zero-emission hydrogen in 2030.
Hydrogen production in North Ostrobothnia could meet the targets set in the Finnish government’s hydrogen policy, under which the country aims to produce at least one megaton of zero-emission hydrogen, which would fulfil 10 % of the EU target by 2030.
This will be due to the region’s growing renewable electricity production, as wind and solar power can be used to produce emission-free hydrogen from water.
At the same time, one obstacle to growth must be highlighted, called the “chicken and egg” problem of technology uptake, pointing to the lack of demand for green hydrogen leading to a lack of investment and uncertainty about availability.
This could be solved with an ecosystem where actors from different parts of the hydrogen value chain create synergies to boost the hydrogen economy.
To meet European hydrogen plans, pipelines connecting North Ostrobothnia to the pan-European hydrogen gas pipeline network are currently in the planning phase.