Orlen plans to build hydrogen hub in Poland, Czech Rep, Slovakia

Polish fuel giant Grupa Orlen could become “the Central European leader in hydrogen fuels” after implementing its plans to build a network of hydrogen hubs from renewable energy sources in Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The plans also involve installations to process municipal waste into hydrogen as well as building over 100 hydrogen fuelling stations for private, public and transport vehicles.

Grupa Orlen said the project, dubbed HYDROGEN EAGLE, would enable the group to achieve a hydrogen production capacity of 50,000 tonnes per year by 2030.

"Within the framework of the project, the construction of over 100 fuel stations is planned for individual, public and cargo transport,” the company wrote in a statement. Of the fuelling stations, 54 will be in Poland, 22 in the Czech Republic and 26 in Slovakia.

Furthermore, the plans envisage building six new hydrogen hubs, three of which will be located in Poland, two in the Czech Republic and one in Slovakia, all powered by renewable energy. The project foresees the building of electrolysis installations, which will be supplied with electricity from Grupa Orlen wind farms in the Baltic Sea, and are planned to have a combined output of 250 MW.

According to the PKN Orlen CEO Danial Obajtek, hydrogen production would give Grupa Orlen "a competitive advantage in the retail, refining and energy fields" as well as enable a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, which Mr Obajtek said would be an "important step towards achieving emission neutrality by 2050."