Portugal plans to be EU’s principal green hydrogen producer

Portugal’s access to plentiful and cheap renewable energy will allow it to become Europe’s biggest producer of green hydrogen, environment minister João Pedro Matos told a committee of the country’s parliament on Tuesday.

Matos announced the government’s intention to launch a project to produce green hydrogen and other renewable gases at the port of Sines during a budget legislation hearing.

The plan involves building a 1GW solar PV plant to power electrolysers to produce hydrogen to supply local energy-intensive industries or exported via Sines’ deep-sea port.

“Since we achieved a price of €14,76/MWh in the last solar energy auction Portugal is now in a position to be the biggest producer of green hydrogen in the EU from the point of view of energy costs,” the minister said.

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