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Tunisia to devise strategy for green hydrogen development by 2023

June 10, 2022

TAP)-Tunisia is considering as several countries worldwide, to invest in green hydrogen, perceived as the fuel of the future and both a high potential for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and a major economic windfall.

In this perspective, the Ministry of Industry, Mines and Energy is devising in partnership with the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) the national strategy of green hydrogen in Tunisia.

'This strategy will be ready by next year,' said Head of the Energy & Climate Cluster of GIZ Tunisia Tanja Faller in an interview with TAP.

'The promotion of green hydrogen, a booming market in the world today, is very important for Tunisia. However, in order to invest in this sector, we must first forge ahead in the production of green energy,' she pointed out.

Green hydrogen, which is usually made from renewable energy sources-generated power, offers several opportunities for economic growth in Tunisia, Faller said.'This is why we must continue to develop the renewable energy sector in the country,' she insisted.

Besides, the official indicated that funds had been raised to support Tunisia in this process.

'We are talking about a €6 million-grant for technical assistance from GIZ, in addition to €25 million in financial assistance from the German development bank 'KFW,' mandated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

The special feature of green hydrogen is that it can be compressed and stored for use on demand as a green gas or for conversion back into electricity using a fuel cell. It is the latter that powers a vehicle.

In another regard, she considers that 'this is an opportunity for the Tunisian-German partnership because Germany is looking for new partners to be able to implement and support large strategic projects,' citing as an example the planned power interconnection between Italy and Tunisia, which is likely to help the two countries better manage peak power consumption, lower costs and also have a positive impact on energy efficiency.

The Head of the Energy & Climate Cluster of GIZ Tunisia called for speeding up the commissioning of renewable energy production sites in Tunisia, to be able to 'really make the most of the existing potential and move on to develop other opportunities.'

For the record, Tunisia has concluded since December 2020, an agreement with Germany approving the creation of a Tunisian-German Alliance for green hydrogen.

Under this agreement, Germany granted the country a €31 million donation, to be used to set up a pilot hydrogen production unit, conduct studies, build capacity and set up the institutional and regulatory framework.

A study conducted in 2020 for the German government by the Wuppertal Institute, which aims to create a 'climate neutral and resource efficient society' by 2050, found that Tunisia holds high potential for developing the HV sector.


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