Country: Czech Republic
Document type: National Hydrogen Strategy of the Czech Republic (Czech language)
Released: July 2021
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented the Hydrogen Strategy of the Czech Republic as well as specific hydrogen projects at an international hydrogen conference in July 2021 (at the time the strategy was marked as subject to interdepartmental review).
Reports indicate the strategy includes four pillars and is divided into three phases:
- production of low-carbon hydrogen
- use of low-carbon hydrogen
- transport and storage of hydrogen
- promotion of hydrogen technologies.
Phase 1 – focuses on the use of hydrogen under the clean mobility concept.
Phase 2 – planned from 2026, involves operational industrial testing of the use of hydrogen.
Phase 3 – starting next decade when it is assumed that hydrogen can be transported using well-established pipelines without subsidy. It is anticipated the construction and repurposing of hydrogen pipelines will have commenced and that hydrogen will be used in many industries.
In October 2023, the EC approved, under the State Aid Temporary Crisis and Transition Framework, a €2.5 billion Czech scheme to help manufacturing companies decarbonise their production processes and improve their energy efficiency to foster the transition to a net-zero economy. Under this scheme, which will be fully funded through the EU Modernisation Fund, the aid will take the form of direct grants. The scheme will be open to companies active in sectors subject to the EU ETS, including energy-intensive industries, such as refineries and companies active in the production of heavy metals, construction materials and chemical products. In order to be eligible, companies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions need to either electrify their production processes or switch from the use of fossil fuels to renewable hydrogen or renewable hydrogen-derived fuels.
Uploaded: October 2023