Unlocking the Potential: Insights from the MOHN Workshop
The event featured a notable keynote address by Juliet Cram-Low from the Scottish government, who emphasized the significance of hydrogen production and highlighted the UK's potential to become Europe's leading supplier of green hydrogen.
The workshop comprised six working groups, expertly guided by Meiko Neumann and Meryem Maghrebi from cruh21, Christoph Nolden and Phillip Sander from Fraunhofer IEG, and Martyn Tulloch, Jason Paterson, and Hayleigh Banett from NZTC. These groups focused on discussing the success factors and current challenges associated with the offshore hydrogen ramp-up.
Several key takeaways were derived from the insights of local experts:
- Establishing suitable permitting guidelines for offshore hydrogen projects is crucial to expedite the lengthy development cycles associated with such ventures.
- Governmental support is necessary to facilitate the implementation of business models and launch initiatives that promote the application of both existing and emerging technologies.
- It is essential to prioritize holistic value chain solutions with an international outreach, particularly concerning hydrogen transport options, in order to achieve a bankable stage.
- Conducting a comprehensive demand mapping exercise across the United Kingdom and Northern Europe's main demand centers is vital to eliminate uncertainties and stimulate investments.
- Collaboration at the national level, such as among the ScotWind wind developers, is imperative to foster green hydrogen as a feasible alternative to congested power grids.
The MOHN team extends their sincere appreciation to NZTC for hosting the workshop and expresses gratitude for the active and well-informed participation of the audience.