After 30 years, hydrogen exports should bring Russia $ 150 billion a year


The Russian government increased by 1.5 times the export forecast for the export of hydrogen by 2050 — from 34 million to 50 million tons. If earlier it was about income from this export in the area of $ 100 billion per year, now the forecast is increased to $ 150 billion. This sum is superior to the total revenue from the export of oil, petroleum products and natural gas for 2020.

Potential volumes of hydrogen exports from Russia to the global market in 2050 may amount to 15 million to 50 million tons per year, follows from the government approved

Direct indications that the country intends to receive from exports of hydrogen to $ 150 billion a year after 30 years in the final version of the concept is not, but in the previous version of the document, which in the spring passed the coordination in all profile departments, it was about the export assessment of 33.4 Mul-tons and revenue of $ 100 billion. As a result, the assessment of the export volume is increased by 1.5 times, so the expected revenue can also be safely increased by the same.

The Ministry of Energy agrees the final version with profile companies and departments.

The concept has a reservation that the level of exports will depend on the development of the global low carbon economy and the growth of demand for hydrogen in the world market. According to the Ministry of Energy, the demand for environmentally friendly hydrogen can significantly grow due to the EU plans by 2050 to achieve complete carbon neutrality. Actually, that is why, as far as you can understand, the forecast of export potential has been increased. The calculation is being done that Europe instead of our gas and oil will buy our hydrogen.

The concept of hydrogen energy development contains a list of hydrogen production technologies that will be maintained at different stages of the industry. It includes steam conversion of methane, hydrocarbon pyrolysis, gasification of coal and carbon-containing materials, hydrogen production based on nuclear power plants and carbon dioxide technologies, storage, transportation and use of carbon dioxide, as well as water electrolysis with the creation of alkali, solid and solid oxide electrolyzers.

The implementation of the Concept includes several stages. The first one is designed for the next three and a half years. It involves the creation of profile clusters and the implementation of pilot projects for the production and export of hydrogen, as well as the use of hydrogen energy carriers in the domestic market. At the following stages — until 2035 and 2050 — it is planned to open major export-oriented production, move to the serial use of hydrogen technologies in various sectors of the economy — from petrochemistry to housing and communal services.

The government expects the development of hydrogen energy to reduce the risks of the loss of energy markets, support economic growth through the formation of new industries, the creation of high-tech workplaces, exports of products and technologies.

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