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Twenty major electrolyser manufacturers, including Nel Hydrogen, Siemens Energy and Thyssenkrupp Nucera, are teaming up to support the European hydrogen industry and stem the flow of cheap Chinese imports.

Twenty major electrolyser manufacturers, including Nel Hydrogen, Siemens Energy and Thyssenkrupp Nucera, are teaming up to support the European hydrogen industry and stem the flow of cheap Chinese imports.

Twenty major electrolyser manufacturers, including Nel Hydrogen, Siemens Energy and Thyssenkrupp Nucera, are teaming up to support the European hydrogen industry and stem the flow of cheap Chinese imports.

As reported by the Financial Times (paywall) and Reuters, the manufacturers have jointly signed a letter calling on European Commission President-designate Ursula Von der Leyen to ensure a level playing field and demand greater “made in Europe” standards for the industry.

Hook VolldalNel Hydrogen CEO and President, said:

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I don’t want to give up on Europe. If we don’t create demand for European technology in Europe, we’re going to squander the opportunity for European OEMs to win.

A key message in the letter is that Chinese subsidies for state-owned hydrogen companies create an uneven playing field that puts European manufacturers at a significant disadvantage, as the EU tightens its grip on trade with China.

The push for European resilience criteria aims to support the building of a resilient value chain in Europe and Europe’s ambitions to become a leader in renewable hydrogen production. Renewable hydrogen is seen as a key way to reduce emissions from heavy industry and heavy transport. The EU aims to produce 10 million tonnes of renewable hydrogen and import another 10 million tonnes by 2030, as part of its plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

European manufacturers want key parts of the electrolyser production process (cell assembly, cell stacking and surface treatment) to be made in Europe for the next round of funding from the EU Hydrogen Bank later this year. Results from the EU Hydrogen Bank pilot auction show that less than half of the awarded projects plan to rely on European technology.

Nel Hydrogen and the other electrolyser manufacturers hope that their efforts will lead to new rules that support the development of the European renewable hydrogen value chain and help European electrolyser manufacturers compete with Chinese imports.

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20 major electrolyser manufacturers, including Nel Hydrogen, Siemens Energy and Thyssenkrupp Nucera, are teaming up to support Europe’s hydrogen industry and stem the flow of cheap Chinese imports. Source