Powering electrolysers with renewables generation that would otherwise be curtailed could be an effective strategy for producing green hydrogen in the coming years until the H2 sector benefits from further cost declines, it was suggested during a panel discussion.
Portugal’s electricity regulator has said higher than forecasted solar and wind generation has allowed it to propose a 2.6% reduction in regulated tariffs to protect consumers in the country from soaring energy prices.
Portugal's latest solar auction made headlines earlier this month as record-low negative bids were posted, with the results illustrating the value developers place on securing a grid connection and the strong potential they see in hybridising renewables assets.
Portuguese developer Madoqua Renewables has partnered with Dutch developer Power2X and Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to build a green hydrogen and ammonia project in Portugal with an investment of €1 billion (US$1.07 billion).
Portugal will aim to increase the share of renewables in electricity production to 80% by 2026, four years earlier than previously planned, its new government announced ahead of the country’s latest solar auction.
Solar players in Europe have called for efforts to accelerate renewables deployment and unlock more corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) volumes in light of the European Union’s (EU) push for more energy independence following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jules Scully hears from them directly.