Morocco and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will collaborate to advance the country’s renewable hydrogen economy and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy as…
Jun 14, 2021
Morocco and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) will collaborate to advance the country’s renewable hydrogen economy and accelerate the uptake of renewable energy as it seeks to become a major green hydrogen producer and exporter, IRENA said June 14.
The two parties will carry out green hydrogen studies and explore policy instruments to engage the private sector in the industry, under the strategic agreement between IRENA and Morocco’s Ministry of Energy, Mines and Environment (MEME), IRENA said in a statement.
Under the agreement, IRENA and MEME would jointly develop technology and market outlook studies, as well as public-private partnership. They would also explore developing hydrogen value chains with a view to trading green hydrogen nationally and regionally.
“Morocco has shown great leadership in advancing the deployment of renewable energy to meet growing energy demand while creating new industrial opportunities across the country,” IRENA Director-General Francesco La Camera said in the statement. “It is only natural that this leadership be extended to the pursuit of green hydrogen, which may play a critical role in global decarbonization ambitions.”
“The country has revised upwards its renewable energy ambition with a decision to increase the share of total installed capacity to more than 52% by 2030 — exceeding the country’s objective announced at COP21 in Paris,” IRENA said.
Morocco had almost 3.5 GW of installed renewable energy capacity at the end of 2020, IRENA said.
Morocco and the European Commission jointly facilitated IRENA’s Collaborative Framework on Green Hydrogen in May, focused on developing infrastructure, technology and certification for a global renewable hydrogen economy and trade.
Morocco is looking to renewables and green hydrogen to help replace its coal-fired power generation. It is also planning to install a floating LNG import terminal to use more gas in the power sector.
At present, the North African country has only very limited gas production of its own. Later in 2021, it will take ownership of a gas pipeline that runs through its territory, used now to send Algerian gas to Spain.
A 1.4 GW subsea cable between Morocco and Spain is the only direct power interconnector between Africa and Europe. Morocco and Portugal are in talks for a 1 GW interconnector between the two countries.
And UK-based XLinks plans a 3.6 GW subsea cable to link 10 GW of solar and wind generation in Morocco directly to the UK.
S&P Global Platts assessed the cost of producing renewable hydrogen via alkaline electrolysis in Europe at Eur4.47/kg ($5.42/kg) June 11 (Netherlands, including capex). PEM electrolysis production was assessed at Eur5.60/kg.
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The UK government’s hydrogen strategy will likely include measures for Contracts for Difference as well as incentives for green hydrogen in transport and large-scale industrial processes, ITM…
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The UK government’s hydrogen strategy will likely include measures for Contracts for Difference as well as incentives for green hydrogen in transport and large-scale industrial processes, ITM Power CEO Graham Cooley said June 10.
Cooley, who sits on the government’s hydrogen advisory council, which is compiling the strategy, said he had a positive view of the strategy, and expected to see CFD auctions and a renewable transport fuel obligation for green hydrogen.
“I hope to see incentives for green hydrogen that are contracts for difference auctions to incentivize large-scale industrial installations of electrolyzers, particularly for refineries, but also for ammonia,” Cooley said at an ITM Power trading update.
“I would also like to see an RTFO [renewable transport fuel obligation] announced for green hydrogen,” he said. “That’s what I’m expecting to see.”
The UK government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said it was set to publish the strategy before the parliamentary summer recess on July 22.
The publication of the strategy has been pushed back several times already from the start of 2021.
The strategy would cover both blue and green hydrogen, Cooley said. BEIS deputy director hydrogen economy Rita Wadey said in May the strategy would consider carbon intensity as the primary factor in market development.
The UK’s RTFO introduced a “development fuel” obligation in 2019 which meant suppliers must provide 0.5% of such fuels. However, uptake of renewable hydrogen under the obligation did not materialize, law firm CMS said in April.
“Critics have attributed this to the lack of clarity over how hydrogen projects could participate in the RTFO,” CMS said.
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