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The German energy company EWE and the Dutch Gasunie are going to collaborate on the development of the Northwest European hydrogen market. Both parties announced this today (3 November) after a meeting of the Lower Saxon Hydrogen Network in Hanover.
Editorial office / Hanover

EWE and Gasunie want to join forces to promote climate objectives and the sector coupling in Germany. They see the creation of the hydrogen economy as an essential step towards a sustainable and climate-friendly energy system. They contribute their knowledge and expertise in various areas of the entire energy value chain: generation, storage, transport and delivery to the customer.

“This is a very important signal for the energy status of Lower Saxony and the cooperation with our neighboring country the Netherlands”, says Lower Saxon Minister of Environment and Energy Olaf Lies. “The expansion of onshore and offshore wind energy is progressing steadily. However, we should not see the energy transition as just an electricity transition. Sector coupling is particularly important.”

Integrated network planning

Stefan Dohler, CEO of EWE: “The collaboration with Gasunie gives EWE access to infrastructure that goes far beyond our current business area. In particular, the infrastructural interconnection of the transport and distribution networks of both partners -and the related, more integrated network planning- will enable a hydrogen infrastructure between the Netherlands and Hamburg.”

On behalf of Gasunie, Han Fennema, CEO of NV Nederlandse Gasunie emphasizes: “The transition from fossil fuels to sustainable forms of energy such as hydrogen is an essential element in the realization of the CO2-neutral industrial system of the future. The energy transition must not stop at national borders – step by step we are building an international hydrogen infrastructure that connects the production of this climate-friendly energy carrier with the user.”

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