Poland plans to have 2 GW of hydrogen electrolysis capacity and 2,000 hydrogen fuel-cell buses on its streets by 2030 as part of a new strategy to promote the use of the fuel, the government said Jan. 4.
The country’s hydrogen strategy — which is set to be approved in the first quarter of this year, according to the government’s website — adds to national roadmaps announced by the likes of Germany, France and Spain. The EU is aiming to play a leading role in the hydrogen economy, with a strategy to build 40 GW of domestic green hydrogen capacity by 2030.
Poland’s strategy includes six goals, including the introduction of hydrogen in the coal-dominated power sector through the installation of 2 GW of electrolysis capacity by 2030. The country is planning to complete construction of its first offshore wind farms in the second half of the decade and the strategy envisages using offshore wind in the production of green hydrogen.
In December 2020, the Gdansk-based refiner, Grupa Lotos SA, one of Poland’s leading hydrogen producers, announced plans to build a pilot 100-MW electrolysis installation, a 20-MW power generation unit, storage and fuel cells by 2025. The company plans to expand electrolysis capacity to 1 GW and power generation to 200 MW by 2030.
The government strategy also targets having 500 Polish-manufactured hydrogen fuel-cell buses on the country’s streets by 2025 and 2,000 by 2030, together with 32 refueling stations.