Does Europe need a hydrogen network?

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Fabian Neumann

Jul 12, 2023, 11:33:17 AM7/12/23
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Dear openmodders,

Does Europe need a hydrogen network? Not necessarily, but it could be more cost-effective, especially when electricity grid expansion stalls and gas pipelines can be repurposed.

We describe this in our new open-access study "The Potential Role of a Hydrogen Network in Europe," which was just published in Joule.

This publication is our group's showpiece for open, high-resolution, all-sector, integrated energy infrastructure planning with PyPSA-Eur. It has been in the making for a long time and builds on some of the open data collected by this community. For instance, it features gas network data from the SciGRID_gas project [1], as well as data on industrial sites from the Hotmaps project [2].

We are also very grateful to the Danish Energy Agency for providing up-to-date technology data [3] and the EU's JRC for making the JRC-IDEES energy statistics database [4] available.

Link to the study:

Link to interactive dashboard:


If you have any feedback, are curious, or simply want to exchange thoughts on this topic, feel free to reach out to me.

Best wishes,


(also on behalf of co-authors Tom Brown, Elisabeth Zeyen and Marta Victoria)


Fabian Neumann (he/him)
Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Digital Transformation in Energy Systems
Institute of Energy Technology
Technische Universität Berlin

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