Baltic Sea Hydrogen Connector, note the incorporation of Energy Islands
The BHC plans to build a 1,250 km pipeline system which will connect mainland Finland and Sweden with Germany, and potentially also Denmark. Between Finland, Sweden, and Germany, the pipelines can be connected to hubs for hydrogen production on Åland, Gotland, and Bornholm islands. These production points can unlock additional deployment of locally produced offshore wind power, while the hydrogen collected will be distributed throughout the Nordics and Northern Europe, supporting innovative decarbonization projects within each market and delivering on the EU’s 2050 targets. BHC’s interconnected infrastructure has the potential to transport a significant share of the EU’s domestic hydrogen target as defined by the RePower EU plan.
In addition, the hydrogen produced will play a vital role in balancing Europe’s future energy system by offering storage and balancing solutions. When electricity is cheap, more hydrogen will be produced. Conversely, when electricity prices are high, stored hydrogen can be deployed. The BHC will, therefore, contribute by balancing power in the grid, as well as establishing competitive energy prices.