Russia Launches New Hydrogen Strategy, Focuses on Developing Infra & Export

Russia is working towards advancing its hydrogen strategy goals by developing a strategy to produce, use and export hydrogen to Asian and European markets, develop hydrogen clusters

Mikhail Mishustin, Russia’s PM. Credit: Tatarstan, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Mikhail Mishustin, Russia’s PM. Credit: Tatarstan, CC BY 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Russia is working towards advancing its hydrogen strategy goals by developing a strategy to produce, use and export hydrogen to Asian and European markets. The strategy has met with approval from Russia’s prime minister, Mikhail Mishustin. The strategic initiatives include developing infrastructure to store and transport hydrogen, launching pilot projects to produce low-carbon hydrogen and create a wide range of equipment and components required in the production of hydrogen. Russia is also looking to explore joint collaborations with other countries and corporations. In addition to the strategic initiatives, Russia’s new hydrogen strategy incudes the development of 3 hydrogen production clusters.

These 3 clusters will have specialised functions. The one being planned in the north-west will specifically be designed to export hydrogen to European countries. It will also implement a number of measures to reduce the carbon footprint of industries aimed largely at producing export goods. In Vostochny which is located in East Russia the hydrogen cluster will supply hydrogen to Asian countries. It will also work towards developing infrastructure to use hydrogen in the transport sector and other energy sectors. The third cluster is to be located in Arctic Russia. This centre will develop the capacity to supply the Russian Arctic with low-carbon electricity.

The Russian government has also set aside special incentives to implement hydrogen technology in a wide array of sectors. Representatives from the industry will be offered access to special investment contracts. To cover the costs of research and development and the manufacture of new products, they will be offered subsidies and compensation.

Mikhail Mishustin commented on the country’s new hydrogen strategy: “This policy has been designed keeping in mind our hydrogen roadmap for next three and a half years. It envisages the creation of specialised clusters and the implementation of pilot projects for the production and export of hydrogen, as well as the use of hydrogen energy carriers in the domestic market. The development of hydrogen energy will reduce the risks of losing energy markets, support economic growth through the formation of new industries and the creation of high-tech jobs, export of products and technologies.”

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