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Prospects for the development of hydrogen energy in the Eurasian Economic Union were considered at a meeting between Artak Kamalyan, Minister for Industry and Agroindustrial Complex of the Eurasian Economic Commission, and Nikolai Kuleshov, Scientific Director of the Federal Center for Collective Use “Hydrogen Energy and Electrochemical Technologies”.

The event was also attended by representatives of the trade block of the Commission.

During the meeting, the parties discussed global trends in the development of hydrogen energy on the example of Europe, Japan, the United States, the EAEU states; technologies for the production, storage, transportation and use of hydrogen in various industries; actual scientific developments in the field of production of “green” hydrogen in the Union.

“There are several factors contributing to the gradual increase in the hydrogen market in the EAEU. This is the need to reduce CO2 emissions in order to fulfill the obligations of the Paris Agreement, to meet the transport needs for fuel in connection with the phasing out of internal combustion engines, the course towards decarbonization of the basic industries, Artak Kamalyan noted. “These factors are directly related to the global climate agenda, therefore, the development of the hydrogen industry for our countries today is of key importance.”

The Hydrogen Council estimates that the global demand for hydrogen today is about 116 million tons per year. The largest consumers of hydrogen are oil refining (33% of total demand), producers of ammonia (27%), methanol (10%) and metallurgists (3%). At the same time, the consumption of hydrogen in the world is growing every year. Since 1975, it has more than tripled.

Hydrogen is a new energy carrier that is being considered for solving climatic problems and can be used for accumulation, storage and delivery of energy in the spheres of industry, transport, energy and construction.

In this regard, as the meeting participants noted, the Union states should begin joint research activities in the development of hydrogen-related projects, which will increase the competitiveness of hydrogen energy in the EAEU countries.

Director of the Industrial Policy Department Nikolai Kushnarev noted that such promising projects could be joint ventures for the production of electrolysers.

As a result of the meeting, an agreement was reached on the creation of a working group for the Union with the participation of research organizations, as well as those interested in working out possible areas of industrial and scientific and technical cooperation in the field of hydrogen energy for producers and consumers.


The Federal Center for Collective Use “Hydrogen Energy and Electrochemical Technologies” was established by order of the rector of the National Research University “Moscow Power Engineering Institute” in 2004 and is part of the network of collective use centers in the Russian Federation. One of the activities of the Center is research in the field of hydrogen energy, electrochemical technologies, transformation of types of energy based on electrochemical methods.

The Hydrogen Council has been operating since 2017. The task of the international organization is to promote fuel cell technologies and alternative energy at the level of governments, in the business environment and in civil society. The Hydrogen Council includes the heads of the world’s leading shipping companies and auto concerns. In the opinion of the council members, today the world energy sector is entering a turning point in the post-crisis recovery. That being said, hydrogen-based solutions can help build a cleaner and more sustainable global economy.

A source: EEC

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