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EC announces Eur1.2 billion for second hydrogen bank auction

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EU’s Hydrogen Bank auction clears below 50 euro cent/kg, funding 1.5 GW

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The first auction under the European Hydrogen Bank mechanism has cleared well below expectations, with the seven winning projects bidding at 37-48 euro cent/kg (40-51 cents/kg) for a total 1.5 GW of electrolysis.

The EU will provide Eur720 million to the projects, which will produce 1.58 million mt of green hydrogen over 10 years, the European Commission said.

The subsidy amounts range from Eur8 million to Eur245 million, with two 500-MW projects -- Renato Ptx's Catalina project in Spain and MadoquaPower2X's project in Portugal -- taking the bulk. The EC had set a price ceiling for the inaugural auction of Eur4.50/kg.

"The results of our first EU-wide auction for renewable hydrogen production are very encouraging," European Commissioner for Climate Action Wopke Hoekstra said in the statement. "These innovative auctions, funded by the revenues from emissions trading, are a game-changer when it comes to producing renewable hydrogen in Europe."

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