The Czech Republic and Saxony want to deepen their cooperation in the development of hydrogen infrastructure and the use of hydrogen. Czech Minister of Industry and Trade, Jozef Síkela, and Saxony’s Minister for Economic Affairs, Labour and Transport, Martin Dulig, and Minister of Energy, Climate Protection, Environment and Agriculture, Wolfram Günther, signed a Letter of Intent in Dresden.
According to a statement by the Saxon government, the document envisages the cross-border interconnection of hydrogen infrastructure, which should be created through the conversion of existing pipelines. This should ensure the transport of large supplies of hydrogen from northern, eastern and southern Europe at low cost until 2029. The Czech-German Hydrogen Interconnector (CGHI) presented on the draft list of Projects of Common and Mutual interest (PCI and PMI list) and adopted by the
European Commission is within the scope of this intention.
„Developing an efficient green hydrogen infrastructure is not just a national task. In addition to the basic network in Germany, we must also focus on creating European networks from the outset. That is why I am very pleased to be working with the Czech Republic”, said Wolfram Günther, Saxony’s Minister for Energy and Climate Protection.
Leaders also discussed the cooperation between German and Czech companies and research institutions. Both Germany and the Czech Republic are counting on hydrogen as a key energy source for the transition to a carbon-free economy.
„Germany is our largest economic and trade partner. The Free State of Saxony has a significant share in this and we are interested in developing our mutual economic cooperation. However, both countries do not have sufficient sources of renewable raw materials for our highly developed industry, which leads us to look for alternative solutions. A suitable way to solve this is to import hydrogen from areas with a surplus of renewable energy resources. Already today there is cooperation between our countries in the field of hydrogen use, especially hydrogen trains, and the Letter of Intent signed shows the direction in which our cooperation on hydrogen imports should go” said Minister of Industry and Trade Jozef Síkela on this occasion.