Very usefull links


News links




Dow Jones

Oil price



Views and News





European Union countries agree to explore hydrogen as energy source



By Daphne Psaledakis


Petroleumworld 09 19 2018

European Union energy ministers agreed on Tuesday to pool efforts to increase the use of hydrogen in transport and power as part of the bloc's attempt to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.

The non-binding initiative, seen by Reuters and endorsed by 25 EU nations, calls for governments to increase cooperation on research into the potential for hydrogen use in energy storage, transport, power and heating.

“The acceleration of early implementation and wider application of sustainable hydrogen technology is able to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the Energy Union,” the document said.

Agreed by energy ministers at an informal meeting in Linz, Austria, the document highlights the need for renewable energy, such as hydrogen, to reduce dependence on fossil fuels for which Europe is reliant on imports from Russia.

Technologies fuelled by hydrogen, one of the world's most abundant elements, have long held promise but uptake has been slow.

Germany on Monday began running the world's first passenger trains powered by hydrogen fuel cells, replacing two diesel-fired trains on a line of nearly 100 km (62 miles) between Cuxhaven and Buxtehude in Lower Saxony.

Germany is leading efforts in the EU to explore ways to use and store renewable energy at a number of power-to-hydrogen and power-to-gas sites as a boom in wind and solar power in the country has led to excess production.

Running renewable power through water to split it into oxygen and hydrogen via electrolysis produces green hydrogen that can be used in transport or gas grids, which can absorb 10 percent hydrogen as a complementary fuel to natural gas.

Carmakers such as Toyota have touted the benefits of hydrogen vehicles, which take less time to refuel than the recharging of battery electric cars, but are expensive and suffer from a lack of refuelling stations.

So far the technology has mostly been used in buses and long-haul trucks.


Story by Daphne Psaledakis ; Additional reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel in Brussels and Vera Eckert in Frankfurt; Editing by Dale Hudson from Reuters. 09 18 2018

We invite all our readers to share with us
their views and comments about this article.
Write to

By using this link, you agree to allow PW
to publish your comments on our letters page.

Any question or suggestions,
please write to:

Best Viewed with IE 5.01+ Windows NT 4.0, '95,
'98,ME,XP, Vista, Windows 7,8,10 +/ 800x600 pixels

Twitter: @petroleumworld1

November 13 - 15, 2018.

Gubkin University, Moscow
SPE Student Chapter




Editor & Publisher:Elio Ohep/
Contact Email:

CopyRight © 1999-2016, Paul Ohep F. - All Rights Reserved. Legal Information

PW in Top 100 Energy Sites

CopyRight©1999-2017, Petroleumworld ™  / Elio Ohep - All rights reservedThis site is a public free site and it contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner.We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of business, environmental, political, human rights, economic, democracy, scientific, and social justice issues, etc. We believe this constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have chosen to view the included information for research, information, and educational purposes. For more information go to: If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond 'fair use', you must obtain permission fromPetroleumworld or the copyright owner of the material.