Britain “may overtake EU in hydrogen race”
Germany, however, could struggle to produce green hydrogen, Alverà added.
“Today Germany runs on coal, nuclear and diesel and doesn’t get much sun. It has access to the wind … [but] it is nothing like the UK or Ireland. And the Germans don’t want onshore wind because it’s … very densely populated.
The director general of Snam continued: “Germany must therefore get out of coal, get out of nuclear power, get out of diesel. It has to import massive amounts of renewable energy.
If the UK becomes a leader in hydrogen production, Germany could depend on Britain for much of its renewable energy, Mr Alverà said.
Last month, the government pledged to unlock £ 4 billion in hydrogen investments as part of Boris Johnson’s 10-point plan for a ‘green industrial revolution’.
Ministers said a UK-wide hydrogen economy could support 9,000 jobs by 2030 with the energy source powering transport, heavy industry and homes.
Government analysis suggests that just over a third of the UK’s energy use could be hydrogen-based by 2050.
Mr Alverà said that a network of pipelines under the North Sea, originally built to transport natural gas, would give the UK an added advantage: “[It’s] like Disney.