We strive to use hydrogen technologies cost effectively to drive our energy transition. Our hydrogen strategy outlines four key areas for the advancement of these technologies.
Strategic goals and ambitions
Leader in advancing hydrogen mobility in Central Europe, actively supporting decarbonisation of transport.
- Market development starting with city buses and railway, through long-haul heavy-duty and passenger transport, to synthetic fuels for air and sea transport.
- Network of publicly accessible hydrogen refuelling stations.
- Leveraging existing assets and building new capacities to produce automotive grade hydrogen for transport.
The hydrogen strategy is both an extension of the ORLEN Group’s ambitious decarbonisation plan and a response to the rapidly changing market and regulatory environment.
Implementation of numerous projects addressing key challenges facing the ORLEN Group until 2030:
- Reduction of CO2 emissions from existing hydrogen production facilities of the ORLEN Group using low-carbon technologies – carbon capture, utilisation and/or storage (CCUS).
- Development of new generation sources based on electrolysis units and renewables.
- Implementation of municipal waste to hydrogen technology.
Building a significant position as a supplier and customer of the European Hydrogen Backbone.
- Industry and export: after 2030 surplus zero- and low-carbon hydrogen could be directed to meet the needs of other industries at home and abroad (e.g. within the framework of the European Hydrogen Backbone).
- Grid stabilisation: large-scale utilisation of hydrogen and/or ammonia for energy storage will be possible after 2030 with wind farms in the Baltic Sea when there is a significant periodic surplus of renewable electricity in the grid.
- District heating and power generation as promising applications of low- and zero-carbon hydrogen.
- New CCGT units planned within the ORLEN Group will be able to co-fire hydrogen.
- Forging and promoting hydrogen partnerships and the hydrogen ecosystem.
- Building in-house capabilities across the hydrogen value chain.
- Setting up a dedicated hydrogen laboratory at the Research and Development Centre in Płock by 2025 to perform tests and conduct research in test facilities on hydrogen production, quality, purification, storage and transport.
- Taking a leading role in the Mazovian Hydrogen Valley, whose main aim is to implement R&D projects that help drive progress in hydrogen technology.