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Denmark and Germany mulling joint hydrogen network

TSOs Energinet and Gasunie in a new study illuminate how hydrogen may be transported from Esbjerg or Holstebro in Denmark to Hamburg in Germany.

Energy companies Shell and RWE yesterday presented a plan for a German hydrogen pipeline (pictured). Now, Energinet and Gasnuie present an early-phase plan to couple Denmark's and Germany's hydrogen markets. | Photo: RWE PR

It's possible to establish a pipeline between 350 and 450 kilometers long able to transport hydrogen from the Danish to the German market, and which builds upon 50-60 percent existing pipelines, concludes a pre-feasibility study conducted by transmission system operators Energinet and Gasunie.

While Denmark is well prepared for hydrogen production based on renewable energy generation, Germany faces a demand for hydrogen greater than the country currently expects to be able to produce. The new study positions Denmark as potential exporter to its southern neighbor, able to cover somewhere between 10 and 25 percent of Germany's hydrogen needs through the described network:

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