Germany, Denmark ink deal for hydrogen pipeline by 2028

Gary Hornby


LONDON (ICIS)–Germany and Denmark have signed a joint declaration of intent on the cooperation on renewable hydrogen and the realisation of a land-based cross-border hydrogen pipeline.

The pipeline, connecting northern Germany and western Denmark, is slated to be operational by 2028.

Denmark is seeking to have between 4GW and 6GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030 and is aiming to be a net exporter of certified renewable hydrogen, mainly driven by electricity generated via wind turbines.

Germany, according to its National Hydrogen Strategy, is expecting hydrogen demand to reach 90-110TWh/year by 2030 and is set to import the vast majority of the hydrogen used.

Germany earlier this year joined the H2Med pipeline project which is set to see 2 million tonnes/year of renewable hydrogen be moved between Portugal, Spain, France, and Germany.

Furthermore, Germany has inked several memorandum of understandings (MoU) with multiple different countries in different global regions for the import of renewable hydrogen via ammonia, with some due to be delivered into the Port of Hamburg.

The two countries will also assist in potential hydrogen infrastructure operators and users to design and implement their respective projects, support applications for funding via the Projects of Common Interest scheme, review renewable generation targets, coordinate European Union regulatory frameworks, support coordination between national regulatory authorities, and establish a balanced distribution of both costs and benefits.

According to the REPowerEU regulation, the EU is seeking to produce 10 million tonnes/year of renewable hydrogen by 2030, and have the same number for renewable hydrogen imports from other regions.


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