Turkmenistan lays out plans for hydrogen energy development

Oil&Gas 22 January 2022 11:49 (UTC +04:00)
Turkmenistan lays out plans for hydrogen energy development

BAKU, Azerbaijan, January 22

By Amina Nazarli - Trend:

Turkmenistan, rich in natural resources, has set its sights on the development of hydrogen energy, Trend reports citing Orient news agency.

The initiative is envisaged in Turkmenistan's Draft Roadmap for the Development of International Cooperation in the Field of Hydrogen Energy for 2022-2023.

The program will allow for the rapid development of a new industry with a significant multiplier effect for the Turkmen economy, in response to foreign economic challenges and in tandem with the country's export policy and environmental strategy.

The document outlines the main goals and objectives for developing a low-carbon hydrogen industry, as well as measures to support its technological and personnel development, and the expansion of business and scientific ties in this direction.

To achieve this goal, the country is considering to develop a National Strategy for the Development of Hydrogen Energy, involve international experts and strengthen ties with specialized organizations such as the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the International Energy Agency (IEA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the Energy Charter.

Moreover, in this regard, it is proposed to create an IRENA Center for Hydrogen Energy in Turkmenistan and open a similar experimental center based on the Yagshigeldy Kakaev International University of Oil and Gas.

An interdepartmental working group will be formed to make decisions and coordinate work on issues such as organizing industrial hydrogen production, storage, and transportation networks. Furthermore, Turkmenistan intends to hold consultations with world leaders in hydrogen energy.

Hydrogen is now used as a fuel in all modes of transportation, from automobiles to airplanes and ships. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) hydrogen will cover up to 12 percent of global energy use by 2050.

The chemical industry is one of Turkmenistan's fastest growing industries. Turkmenistan's hydrocarbon fuel reserves enable the development of industrial production of the future fuel.

The Central Asian country has enormous potential in the production of this fuel, since natural gas is the primary energy source for the production of hydrogen.