Hydrogen Platform

The Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform was established on 30 November 2020 after the Minister of Energy of the Republic of Lithuania signed a cooperation agreement with nineteen business associations and companies. It is a cooperation format that brings together national research institutions, businesses and the public sector for the goal of developing hydrogen technologies in Lithuania. Creation of such platform was included in the National Action Plan for the Strengthening of the Innovation Ecosystem in the Energy Sector approved on 10 September 2020. 

The European Commission published its hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe on 8 July 2020 (the ‘EU Hydrogen Strategy’). It states that hydrogen produced from renewable energy sources  will be essential to support the EU’s commitment to reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The EU Hydrogen Strategy provides for the integration of hydrogen into the process of decarbonising industrial processes and economic sectors such as transport, energy generation and construction.

The development of hydrogen technologies in Lithuania contributes to the attainment of objectives of the National Strategy for Energy Independence (NSEI) in areas such as fighting climate change and control of air pollution, increasing competitiveness, energy security, and participation of businesses towards achieving progress in the energy sector.

Implementation of both the EU Hydrogen Strategy and the NSEI’s strategies and objectives requires uniform approach and coordinated action in creating an environment conducive to the realisation of the hydrogen potential in Lithuania and the EU, encompassing investments, legal regulation, market development, research and innovation, and dissemination of information.

 

Objectives of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform:

- Take part in the formulation of the national, regional and EU policies and objectives including but not limited to the preparation of the national hydrogen strategy and action plan on hydrogen development and the identification, with the help of both national and foreign experts, priority lines of development of hydrogen technologies in Lithuania and their potential;

- Contribute to proposals for law-development initiatives that would promote the development of hydrogen technologies in the country, ensuring inter-sectoral hydrogen integration and employment of relevant technologies;

- Promote joint research, development and innovation activities of the Members with the aim of creating new hydrogen-related products, services and businesses in the country;

- Coordinate the Members’ activities in order to efficiently utilise the existing financial instruments for the financing of projects related to hydrogen technologies; identify the need for new or additional financing sources or facilities;

- Increase awareness about the opportunities for the clean hydrogen production and use as well as advantages; promote the use of hydrogen, either clean or mixed with other gasses, in the sectors of transport, energy, industrial production etc.;

- Promote technologies, businesses and investments related to the production, transportation and use of clean hydrogen; increase cooperation in the area of energy and other sectors in order to enhance Lithuania’s economic competitiveness;

- Initiate the Members’ projects on the production, transportation and promotion of the use of hydrogen as well as national and international trade therein, to be implemented either on an individual or a joint basis;

- Collaborate with foreign partners in order to attain the objectives of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform;

- Take an active part in and formulate Lithuania’s unified position in the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance and other international formats related to the development of hydrogen technologies.

The Members of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform collaborate, within their remit, in the process of attainment of its objectives as far as is practicable. The Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform is open to admission of new members at any time.

  • „Achema“ AB 
  • „Amber Grid“ AB 
  • „Biokona“ UAB 
  • „Contrarian Ventures I“ UAB 
  • „Eljudris” UAB 
  • „Energesman“ UAB 
  • „EPSO-G“ UAB 
  • „Green Genius“ UAB
  • „IGNITIS Group” AB 
  • „Klaipėdos nafta“ AB
  • „Linde Gas“ UAB
  • „ORLEN Lietuva“ AB 
  • „Parsekas" UAB
  • „SG dujos“ AB 
  • „Vilduja“ UAB
  • Center for Physical Sciences and Technology
  • Lithuanian autoentrepreneurs association (LAA)
  • The Association of Lithuanian Chemical Industry Enterprises
  • The Hydrogen Energy Association
  • The Lithuanian Confederation of Industrialists
  • The Lithuanian Employers’ Confederation
  • The Lithuanian Energy Institute
  • The Lithuanian Maritime Cluster
  • The Lithuanian National Road Carriers Association LINAVA
  • The Lithuanian Passenger Transport Association (LKVA)
  • The Ministry of Economy and Innovation
  • The Ministry of Energy
  • The Ministry of Transport and Communications
  • The National Energy Regulatory Council (NERC)
  • The Port of Klaipeda
  • The Smart Energy Digital Innovation Hub

EU Hydrogen Strategy:

https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/FS_20_1296

Action Plan for the Strengthening of the Innovation Ecosystem in the Energy Area (unofficial translation)

 

The first meeting of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform was held on 15th December 2020 (online). The topics of the meeting included:

  • The large demonstration project proposal by the Lithuanian energy institute of three integrated energy ecosystems. One of them is the generation and use of green hydrogen in transport. 
  • A presentation of the pilot project to test technical conditions for injecting green hydrogen into the natural gas transmission networks. 
  • Announcement about the launch of the IPCEI Hydrogen. 

The second meeting of the Lithuanian Hydrogen Platform was held on 24th February 2021 (online). The topics of the meeting included:

  • The presentation of draft national recovery and resilience plan (RRPs) in the field of the green transition. 
  • A presentation and discussion regarding the view on hydrogen in the study for the Lithuanian Power Sector, Scenario Building for the Evolution of Lithuanian Power Sector for 2020 - 2050. https://www.litgrid.eu/uploads/files/dir564/dir28/dir1/15_0.php

 

Ieva Visockienė, Adviser at Innovations and Internationality Promotion Group

Tel.: +370 6 564 1202 Email: Zilvinas.danys@enmin.lt

Last updated: 08-12-2020