Strong points :
- The Finnish government wants to start with three hydrogen networks based in different regions
- The public company Gasgrid Finland will be in charge of the infrastructure necessary for the transfer of hydrogen in the country.
The race to carbon neutrality continues, at least in parts of Europe. While the accelerating expansion of solar and wind power is partly due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict that has pushed Europe to reduce and eventually end its dependence on fuel supplies fossils from Russia.
In a key development, the Finnish government has said it will set up a national hydrogen grid as the country commits to achieving carbon neutrality by 2035. Finland derives 29% of all its energy needs from advanced biofuels. It also has vast nuclear and hydraulic networks, which in any case makes it a European leader in renewable energies,
Annika Saarikko, Minister of Finance, Finland, informed that the state-owned company Gasgrid Finland will be responsible for building the infrastructure required for the transfer of hydrogen in the country. The public company already maintains the natural gas infrastructure in Finland. She also said hydrogen will play a key role in introducing emission-free solutions.
Saarikko added: “Hydrogen-based solutions allow us to reduce both emissions and the price of energy… We are also improving our energy autonomy. This opening will put Finland at the forefront of the hydrogen economy.
The minister maintained that the government had no intention of being part of the hydrogen production system. It will be produced by the private sector only. Gasgrid Finland will create a subsidiary for the hydrogen sector.
Gasgrid Finland CEO Olli Sipila said the hydrogen sector will not cause any power shortages in the country. The government has announced that it wants to start with three hydrogen networks located in different regions. The three will be developed in the northwest area bordering Sweden, southwest and southeast.
The government has not yet decided on the timing of the projects, but the CEO of Gasgrid Finland estimated that the completion of the hydrogen network could take 7 to 10 years. The project will start with a 15 km pilot network in the southeast region between two industrial plants.