In particular, the EDF and ROSATOM agreement aims to develop initiatives in the sectors of mobility and industrial complex decarbonisation, and anticipates research and development cooperation on new CO2- neutral hydrogen technologies that will help combat global warming.
Hydrogen energy is one of ROSATOM's R&D priorities.
The Russian nuclear industry has great technological and scientific potential in developing hydrogen production - both by electrolysis, one of the most environmentally-friendly production methods, and from methane conversion with associated CO2 capture and storage technologies.
Kirill Komarov, 1st Deputy Director General for Corporate Development and International Business at ROSATOM, said:
- We believe in the future of hydrogen as an energy source and in Russia's strong export potential in this field - especially considering its rich natural resources, technologies, industries and energy sector
- We are ready to become one of the key players in the emerging global hydrogen production, transport and consumption market
- I am sure our collaboration with EDF will result in significant synergies and will enable us to conduct joint hydrogen projects, not only in Russia and France but also worldwide
- Low-carbon hydrogen production is a key factor in the energy transition
- The agreement with Rosatom, our historical partner in Russia and one of the country's key players in the field of decarbonised hydrogen, illustrates EDF's desire to develop a new energy model with lower CO2 emissions wherever we operate
Hydrogen technology development is set to play an important role in achieving the Paris Climate Agreement goal to limit global warming to no more than +2° Celsius by 2100.
In 2019, EDF strengthened its commitment to the energy transition by creating Hynamics, a subsidiary aimed at making EDF a key player in the low-carbon and renewable hydrogen sector in France and internationally.