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Designing the first EU-wide Green Hydrogen Guarantee of Origin for a new hydrogen market

Taking Europe-wide green and low carbon hydrogen Guarantees of Origin (GO) to the next level: from concept to implementation. This is the objective of the CertifHy study undertaken by a consortium led by HINICIO, composed of ECN, GREXEL, Ludwig Bölkow System Technik (LBST), and TÜV SÜD and financed by the FCH 2 JU.


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The project’s aim is to create the path forward for a concrete and actionable Guarantee of Origin (GO) scheme with a pilot demonstration of the hydrogen GO scheme and the creation of a Stakeholder Platform to give the scheme its legitimacy. The project will define the scheme’s governance, as well as its processes and procedures over the entire GO life cycle: from auditing hydrogen production plants, certification of green or low carbon hydrogen production batches, through issuing, trading to “usage” of GOs.

A new market for Green Hydrogen

Guarantee of Origins make green hydrogen transferable EU-wide by labelling the origin of the product and provide this information to customers. CertifHy decouples the green attribute from the physical hydrogen flow allowing consumers anywhere in Europe to purchase green hydrogen to meet their sustainability targets. They will boost green hydrogen demand and supply throughout Europe by improving the business case, providing transparency, empowering consumers and creating market pull for green hydrogen. A well established and transparent market for green hydrogen can be a facilitator for Europe’s energy transition and help reaching EU targets of cutting 80-95% of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. It helps to reduce carbon emissions for industry and transport that would be otherwise difficult to decarbonize.

Implementing the Green Hydrogen GO scheme

The CertifHy pilot will deliver a scheme for a realistic, detailed and rapidly deployable European-wide green and low carbon hydrogen GO scheme. It will demonstrate how the system will work under real life conditions and provide lessons learnt for a future European-wide deployment.

The project is expected to run over 12 months, with a possible 6 months extension. In the first 6 months (October 2017 to April 2018), the pilot system will be designed - from specification to developing the pilot procedures including setting up the ICT system. Plant operator preparation for plant and batch audits and certification will begin in parallel. Pilot operations are expected to be launched between March and April 2018. Between June and July 2018, the first hydrogen GOs will be issued and between July and August, they will be traded and used.

The pilot is composed of four hydrogen production plants located throughout Europe and covering different production pathways:

  •         Two pilots located in Belgium and Germany which produce hydrogen with electrolysis with different electricity purchasing strategies;
  •         A site in the Netherlands using a chlor alkali process to produce green hydrogen;
  •         A hydrogen production plant using steam methane reforming with a CCS/CCU unit located in France.

Creating a Stakeholder Platform

To support the implementation of the GO scheme and gather momentum, a Stakeholder Platform will be set up with its first plenary session on November 20th in Brussels. This Stakeholder Platform will bring together all relevant and interested stakeholders to ensure the GO scheme and the final scheme meets producer and user expectations, that barriers and gaps in regulations and standards are addressed. Any company with a demonstrable interest in hydrogen may apply. Join us!

Operationally, thematic working groups composing the Stakeholder Platform will contribute to the development of the GO scheme and provide recommendations for the GO scheme pilot. Stakeholders with an interest in hydrogen who want to actively contribute to project may apply to join the Stakeholder Platform working groups.

1st Stakeholder Platform plenary session:

When: November 20th 2017, 10am to 6pm

Where: FCH JU, Avenue de la Toison d'Or 56-60, 1060 Brussels

What: The Platform will be made operational on this occasion with the election of WG chair and co-chairs and the creation of a Steering group, composed of, amongst others, the chairs and co-chairs of the WGs. The WG work programs and the pilot specifications will also be presented. A detailed agenda will follow in upcoming weeks.

Join the Stakeholder Platform and sign up to one of the working groups: CertifHy - Stakeholder platform and working group registration

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CertifHy Succeeds in Establishing the first EU-wide Guarantee of Origin for Green Hydrogen

The CertifHy Project, that is run by HINICIO, has finalized its work on developing a framework of the first EU-wide guarantees of origin (GO) for Green Hydrogen. At the CertifHy event on 19th October 2016 in Brussels the CertifHy consortium presented the project results and next steps to a large audience, consisting of leading industry, policy makers, industry associations and a standardization body. Additionally, speakers from a wide-range of international leading organizations such as European Commission, FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking), Hydrogen Europe, Air Liquide, BMW, Hydrogenics, Ekoenergy, Association of Issuing Bodies, Linde and Uniper looked at the topic from different point of views.

‘A promising EU-project’

From November 2014 until October 2016 the CertifHy project identified a framework for the first EU-wide GO for Green Hydrogen including a definition for green and low-carbon hydrogen, a detailed proposal for a GO system and a roadmap for implementation. The project is funded by FCU JU, the public-private partnership that manages H2020 funds in regards to hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. Bart Biebuyck, the executive director of FCH JU, stated during the CertifHy event: “CertifHy is a promising project with good support from the industry”. The project is coordinated by Hinicio, with the Dutch Energy Research Center ECN, TÜV SÜD and Ludwig Bölkow Systemtechnik as consortium partners. A large variety of global players support it as affiliated partners such as Air Liquide, Air Products, AkzoNobel, Areva H2Gen, BMW, Colruyt Group, EDF, Group Machiels, Hydrogenics, Linde, OMV, Shell, Total and Uniper that were part of the on-going step-by-step consulting process throughout the last two years. The project leader Wouter Vanhoudt declares: “I am delighted with the outcome of this project, which has brought together a wide range of specialist, leading energy utilities, automobile manufacturers and innovative companies, driven by the common goal to pioneer a unique European green hydrogen guarantee of origin scheme, which will ensure end users the quality of the product throughout Europe. This scheme will accelerate green hydrogen market take off in Europe and I call upon all policy makers to help us to implement our roadmap in the upcoming months. At Hinicio, we are ready to take the next steps forward to transform the trial. I wish to thank our partners at LBST, ECN and TÜV SÜD, for their fantastic work and cooperation all along the project. We have been unifying the hydrogen sector as whole on a difficult topic to find consensus on, and have in the process forced allies with stakeholders of other energy carriers, NGOs.”  

A new market for Green Hydrogen

Global demand for hydrogen is foreseen to reach 50 Million tons by 2025 mainly used in industry and transport. It is predicted to grow 3,5 percent per year. Today 95 percent of all hydrogen is produced from fossil resources. For hydrogen to become a climate-friendly alternative to fossil fuels, it is necessary to ensure minimal impact on natural resources in the whole life cycle. It is expected that 50 - 60 percent of all hydrogen for the growing market of transportation will originate from renewable or low-carbon sources by 2030. In order to allow Green hydrogen to be traded, a tracking system ensuring the quality of hydrogen is necessary. The proposed GO for Green Hydrogen decouples the green attribute from the physical flow of the product and makes Green Hydrogen available EU-wide, independently from its production sites.

Potential impact of Green Hydrogen

Green Hydrogen can help Europe become the number one in renewables and reach EU targets of cutting 80 – 95 % of greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Green Hydrogen GOs can boost demand and supply of Green Hydrogen, create market pull, lead to transparency and consumer empowerment and enhance the business case for Green Hydrogen.  “It can help decarbonizing transport and industry and increasing consumption of Green Hydrogen”, as highlighted by Guy De Reals from Air Liquide and Bernardo Mota from BMW during their presentations at the CertifHy event. Furthermore, a GO for Green Hydrogen can enhance renewable energy use and can contribute to the development of energy storage and energy security.

The Future of Green Hydrogen GOs

After having developed the framework for Green Hydrogen and a roadmap for implementation, the next steps are to strengthening the momentum by building a supervisory board, assuring legal safeguard and creating buy-in for the scheme. At the same time, it is necessary to build the GO infrastructure and test it by pilot projects. “It is an ambitious, but realistic roadmap. It will require a lot of energy and funding to realize it.”, as Philip Good from the European Commission stated during the panel discussion. That way green hydrogen can become an important cornerstone of tomorrow’s energy system.

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