Germany and Algeria, on Friday, February 9, signed a declaration of intent, establishing a joint hydrogen task force and outlining plans for closer cooperation on green hydrogen production, H2 View reported on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2023.
According to the report, the move aims to bolster Europe's energy security and accelerate the transition to Net Zero emissions.
"We want to encourage Algeria to produce more hydrogen in the future," said Robert Habeck, Germany's Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. "We want to support you with know-how and technical expertise."
The task force will focus on creating favorable conditions for the production, storage, and transportation of green hydrogen and its derivatives in both countries. This includes supporting Algeria in setting up hydrogen infrastructure and piloting production facilities.
The initiative seeks to leverage existing gas pipeline infrastructure, potentially converting and expanding the corridor from Algeria through Tunisia, Italy, and Austria to deliver hydrogen directly to southern Germany. Algeria ambitiously targets supplying 10% of the EU's hydrogen needs by 2040.
Being part of Germany’s efforts to promote green transition, the collaboration aligns with Germany's strategy to import 50-70% of its projected hydrogen demand in 2030.
Recently, Germany contributed additional funds to the European Investment Bank's Green Hydrogen Fund to support developing countries in this transition.
"Germany and the EU are available as potential buyer countries for green hydrogen," Habeck emphasized. "Now it's about creating the necessary technical and economic conditions for hydrogen deliveries between Algeria and Europe."
The partnership reflects a broader trend of Europe turning to renewable hydrogen imports. Studies suggest competitive imports could be feasible from countries like Australia, Chile, Morocco, and the UAE as early as 2030.
By joining forces, Germany and Algeria pave the way for a secure, sustainable energy future driven by green hydrogen collaboration.