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Domestic Industry Prepares for Transition to Green Energy

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.01.19.

Hydrogen could be one of the major energy carriers of the future, therefore the Hungarian industry must prepare for the technological changes in time, the Energy Minister said at the international conference Hydrogen Open 2024 of the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association in Budapest on Thursday.

Csaba Lantos stressed that the government’s aim is to strengthen Hungary’s energy sovereignty, and as far as possible, energy used should be produced here. “The country is committed to nuclear technology and renewable energy sources,” he emphasized.

The politician noted that there had been a “solar energy revolution” in Hungary recently, with 5,600 megawatts of solar panels installed by the end of last year. He pointed out that the cost of producing green hydrogen and its storage possibilities are important issues.

This area is still in the research and development phase, but we need to prepare for the domestic application of new technologies,”

he said.

The minister added that Hungary’s first green hydrogen production plant was inaugurated in Kardoskút (southeastern Hungary) last year. MOL’s green hydrocarbon plant in Százhalombatta (near Budapest) will soon go into production, and together with the Bükkábrány (northeastern Hungary) plant there will be three green hydrocarbon production plants in the country.

On the subject of solar panels, he pointed out that

this spring there will be periods when solar panels will produce the country’s entire electricity needs.”

The surplus could be exported or stored, for instance in batteries, or with the development of hydrogen technology, in hydrogen energy storage facilities, he added.

Lantos recalled that Hungary currently has 20 megawatts of industrial-scale batteries, and a new tender aims to increase this to 440 megawatts. The Solar Energy Plus Program, encouraging households to produce and store green energy, had already attracted more than 20,000 applications by Wednesday evening, he announced.


The Solar Energy Plus Program is a comprehensive plan designed to provide financial support to households for the installation of solar panels and energy storage systems. The government is launching the program in early 2024, to encourage the installation of modern solar panels and storage systems in order to further promote the use of green energy. The HUF 75 billion (EUR 199 million) tender will provide non-refundable support to families.

The number of household-sized solar panels has already exceeded 250,000, meaning that 10 percent of domestic family homes already generate electricity with solar panels, and this will be further increased with the help of the tender to include a battery in the system, he said.

At the two-day international conference, the Hungarian Hydrogen Technology Association and the Ministry of Energy signed a cooperation agreement on professional support for Hungarian technological developments and the renewal of the industry strategy.

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