Gas producers Romgaz and Petrom are considering the development of a joint project to produce hydrogen in a wind farm in Dobrogea, for the first time in the Romanian market, said Niculae Havrileţ, Secretary of State in the Ministry of Economy, Energy and Business Environment.
“I believe that by the middle of next year we will have at least two wind or solar farms that will have hydrogen production. First of all, the initiative of the two major natural gas producers, which, through a joint action, want to set up the first wind farm for hydrogen production in the Dobrogea area, because the technology is very expensive, there is an initiative for this hydrogen to be used for the first in the area of electricity producers in the Danube Delta, as building gas pipelines or other investments are not allowed there due to environmental restrictions,” Havrileţ said, according to Agerpres.
He recalled that the city of Sulina was left without heat, as the coal capacity there could no longer be used.
“There is a very important element since 2003, the inhabitants of the Danube Delta benefit of subsidized fuel and part of the electricity consumption, which would make hydrogen also subsidized, being used in this area,” added the Secretary of State.
According to him, the European Commission has established that hydrogen production must be supported by European funds, and the Modernization Fund will encourage the production of electricity that can be stored in either batteries or with the help of hydrogen.