Moving towards the hydrogen society: transport and distribution

The event «Moving towards the hydrogen society: transport and distribution» organised by the Repsol Foundation Chair at Tecnun – University of Navarra analysed the most important challenges of #hydrogen as the great renewable alternative for achieving European climate objectives and highlighted the most relevant advances in the field of transport and distribution.

The day began with an institutional opening by #AntonioBrufau from Repsol, María Iraburu Elizalde from the University of Navarra, Mikel Irujo Amezaga from the Government of Navarra and Cristina Ibarrola from Pamplona City Council.

Followed by the high-level dialogue on the perspectives of the hydrogen society with Rafael Luque Berruezo from ARIEMA Energy and Environment, Eugenia Sillero from Gasnam-Neutral Transport and Tomas Gomez-Acebo from Tecnun – University of Navarra.

In addition, there was a round table with Jesus Manuel Gil Jimenez from Enagás, Alberto Andres Alonso from Redexis, Maribel Rodríguez Olmo from Repsol and Guillermo Figueruelo Malo from Fundación Hidrógeno Aragón.

In addition, the Chair awarded the prize for the best End of Studies Project and we had the opportunity to drive a hydrogen car from the Public University of Navarra.

The conference is recorded and available for viewing here

Clean Hydrogen Partnership Awards winners

This sixth edition of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership Awards was presented in Brussels on Wednesday, 22 November 2023, celebrates how European research and innovation continue to drive the clean energy revolution further and higher.


Best Innovation Award: emission-free aviation goes to HEAVEN

The winner, HEAVEN, represents the first application of liquid hydrogen storage technology in aviation. The innovation was integrated with a hydrogen-electric fuel cell propulsion system in a light demonstrator aircraft that seats up to four people.

The award was handed over to numerous representatives of the project consortium by Dr Bernd Biervert, Head of Clean Energy Transition Unit in DG Research & Innovation.

Rosalinde van der Vlies, Clean Planet Director, DG RTD, European Commission said:

“The HEAVEN project shows what European innovators can achieve by joining their forces. I wish to congratulate the winning team for their outstanding achievement. Their solutions will bring us a step closer to a resilient and sustainable energy system in which renewable hydrogen plays a leading role.”

European H2 Valley of the Year goes to Green Hysland

Three hydrogen valley projects received this year’s award for their outstanding efforts to develop integrated systems of hydrogen production, supply, storage and use in multiple sectors: Hydrogen Hub Noord-HollandWIVA P&G in Austria, and Green Hysland on Mallorca, Spain.

Green Hysland aims to become Europe’s first hydrogen island and a blueprint for other areas in Europe. Its consortium of 30 partners from 11 countries is producing green hydrogen from solar energy.

“Together we are shaping a sustainable future, harnessing the power of clean hydrogen to propel us towards a greener and more resilient Europe,” said project coordinator Victor Encinas Sanchez.

“Thank you to the Clean Hydrogen Partnership for recognising our joint commitment to innovation and sustainability. Without the funding of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, this would not have happened,” he added.

The project’s pilot sites are a green hydrogen plant in Lloseta; a pressure-reducing station to inject hydrogen into the local gas grid; three fuel cell systems to provide heat and power to a sports centre in Lloseta, a hotel, and a ferry terminal in Palma; fuel-cell buses and a hydrogen refuelling station, along with distribution infrastructure.

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Join the International Conference «Hydrogen Corridors in Europe»

Join the International Conference «Hydrogen Corridors in Europe», which will be held on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at 9.30 a.m., in the Conference Center of the Legnica Special Economic Zone.

The common goal of this event is to seek answers to the key question: how to prepare companies for this revolution and what does it really mean for entrepreneurs, local governments and the world of science?

The event will include two panel discussions. The first will deal with European initiatives on hydrogen in transport corridors and the second with national initiatives on hydrogen in road and river transport corridors. A discussion on the financing of hydrogen corridors is also planned.

During the conference, in addition to listening to expert presentations, participants will have the opportunity for one-on-one speed dating to effectively exchange contacts and establish new business relationships. Rotating tables, the so-called «mixer» for entrepreneurs will consist of 6 rounds of 20 minutes each.

Discover the Framework Agenda of the Conference Hydrogen Corridors of Europe.

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Join the Hydrogen Valleys at European Hydrogen Week 2023

Join the Hydrogen Valleys at European Hydrogen Week 2023 in Brussels.

The Hydrogen Valleys will be represented by several of its members at European Hydrogen Week 2023 in Brussels from November 20-23, which is organized by the European Commission, the industry association Hydrogen Europe, and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, the European Union’s public-private partnership.

More than 4,000 attendees will gather at Brussels Expo, Belgium’s largest exhibition center, to witness more than 180 exhibitors and over 200 speakers through two distinct conference streams:

(i) High Level Policy Conference – focusing on global and European hydrogen developments and featuring high-level policy makers, C-level industry representatives and experts from across the hydrogen value chain;

(ii) B2B Forum – where they can find new sources of inspiration, discover new knowledge and experience peer-to-peer exchanges. In total, more than 25 sessions will cover all elements of the hydrogen value chain to delve into all aspects of the sector’s trends, challenges and opportunities, innovation, new technologies, etc.

Among the exhibitors are:
Aragon Hydrogen Foundaiton (Stand: E11 – Hall 11) – representing the H2V projects they are involved in (GREENHYSLAND, HEAVENN and NAHV).
– HEAVENN (Stand: EU Projects Pavilion – L45 – Hall 11)
– H2CRETE VALLEY PROJECT (Stand: EU Projects Pavilion – L45 – Hall 11)

In addition, Session 11 of the High level Policy Conference (23.11.2023, 9am) will address the issue of valleys: As it’s mentioned, «The discussion will engage around topics such as cross collaboration and replication, bankability, and investment options, validate the performance, assess the gaps, and bring lessons learnt as well as the impact on citizens». Check it out!


European Hydrogen Valleys at EU Hydrogen Research Days 2023

European Hydrogen Valleys at EU Hydrogen Research Days 2023.

In 2023, the EU Hydrogen Research Days, integrated in the Hydrogen Week, will take place fully ONLINE on the 15 and 16 November.

During the EU Hydrogen Research Days, there will be a session dedicated to the European Hydrogen Valleys, where projects in which the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation participates with a different role will be presented.

The agenda of the event indicates that the Hydrogen Valleys will have their space during the first day of the event, on November 15 from 01:30p.m. to 3:15p.m.

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Here you can see the European Hydrogen Valleys projects that you will be able to discover:

Moderator: Antonio Aguilo Rullan- Working with the regions
Antonio Aguilo Rullan, Project Manager, Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

– Status of H2 valleys in Europe – Presentation of the Mission Innovation Platform
Markus Kaufmann, Partner, Roland Berger – Mission Innovation Platform

– Success stories in H2 valleys: The GreenHysland project
Víctor Encinas, GreenHysland Project Coordinator, Enagás Renovable- A growing portfolio: the new projects on H2 Valleys:

– North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley
Jerneja Sedlar, Head of Development Department, Holding Slovenske elektrarne d.o.o.

– BalticSeaH2
Jatta Jussila, General Manager, CLIC Innovation Oy

– HYSouthMarmara
Mehmet Volkan Duman, Coordinator, Hydrogen Working Group, South Marmara
Development Agency

– Trieres
Konstantinos Chatzifotis, EU Affairs Director, Motor Oil Group

– Crave-H2
Spyridon Economou, General Manager, Hydrogen Technologies, Eunice Energy Technologies GmbH & Co.
Technologies GmbH & Co. KG

Bruno Sodiro, Hydrogen Project Development Expert, RINA Consulting

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Aragon shows in the European Week of Regions in Brussels its support to the “hydrogen valleys”.

The long trajectory in the research and development of hydrogen technologies and the commitment of the Aragonese Executive to maintain and promote the lines of work have been protagonists this morning of the European Week of Regions in Brussels. The Director General of Industrial Promotion and Innovation of the Government of Aragon, Mar Paños, has intervened in this conference, showing her support to the hydrogen valleys that allow “creating regional ecosystems in which the whole hydrogen value chain is present by grouping initiatives of production, storage and final use of this energy vector”.

In his presentation, Paños highlighted the trajectory of the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation, which brings together more than 90 companies, organizations and research centers in its board of trustees. He highlighted the Foundation full development of the fourth master plan, which ends in 2025 and contains a strategic line on these regional valleys. In addition, the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation is the only entity working in six different valleys funded by the European Union and the Spanish entity that has been awarded more projects of the main European funding program for hydrogen, the Hydrogen Technology Platform (Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking CH2JU).

North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley launches in PORTOROŽ

The long-awaited start of the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley (NAHV) is here at last. The first transnational initiative of this kind under the Horizon Europe programme, supported by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, is being launched in Portorož-Portorose, Slovenia. More than 100 delegates representing 37 project partners from three countries, Croatia, the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region in Italy, and Slovenia, will gather there for a project kick-off meeting.

 Beginning on 1st September 2023, the NAHV will run for 72 months. It includes 17 pilots to be developed in different locations in all three partner countries. The partnership, which has been awarded a grand of €25 million by Clean Hydrogen Partnership, and isled by HSE, Slovenia’s largest electricity producer and trader and the largest producer of electricity from renewable sources, includes 37 organisations: companies, universities, institutes and other public entities from the three participating countries. The project design covers the entire value chain of renewable hydrogen use, from production, through storage and distribution, to its end use in various sectors, notably industry and land and maritime transport, creating leverage to accelerate the transition to renewables on three target pillars: hard-to-abate industries, and the energy and transport sectors. These are the main reasons why the NAHV has received the Seal of Excellence, which is awarded under Horizon Europe to projects that have been highly rated.

The key aim of the initiative is to create a market for green hydrogen on both the demand and supply sides, making it a competitive energy source for the future. Key industry players from all three countries will develop pilot projects to produce up to 5,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year from renewable energy sources, destined for energy storage, distribution and use. It is expected that some 20% of the produced renewable hydrogen will be exchanged between the participating countries, thus creating a primary regional market for hydrogen. By introducing advanced hydrogen technologies and developing skills and infrastructure, the partnership also pursues other key objectives of the European Green Deal. In particular, the NAHV testbed projects address the decarbonisation of important industrial sectors such as steel, cement and glass production, and provides sustainable land and maritime transport solutions linked to reducing the carbon footprint.

It is expected that the implementation of the planned mature stage innovation activities will unleash further investments in renewable hydrogen-related technologies in an amount of more than €300 million, destined to increase the capacity of hydrogen production, storage, transmission and use. Additional investments are expected to be funded on top, both during the course of the project implementation and afterwards, from private and public sources in the form of follow-up investments in the successfully implemented pilots in 17 testbed locations across the three participating countries, as well as through new initiatives which will contribute to the evolution of a social and economic ecosystem based on renewable hydrogen. The foreseen development creates the need for new competencies and skills, which makes the universities and research institutions which are partners in the initiative important protagonists in designing and disseminating new educational programmes, as the NAHV is destined to become a vehicle for job creation.

Institutional representatives of the three constituent territories: Croatia, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Slovenia, respectively: State Secretary Ivo Milatić, Regional Councillor Pierpaolo Roberti on behalf of the President Massimiliano Fedriga, and State Secretary Tina Sersen, welcomed the participants of the NAHV Kick-off meeting in Portorož together with the CEO of HSE, the lead partner, dr. Tomaž Štokelj. Later in the day, they addressed the public at the press conference together with Antonio Aguilo Rullan of Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking.

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The Kings of Spain and the Netherlands present the green hydrogen corridor between Algeciras and Rotterdam

he Kings of Spain and the Netherlands present the green hydrogen corridor between Algeciras and Rotterdam.

His Majesty King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands will visit the autonomous communities of Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Andalusia on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June in the morning. His Majesty King Felipe VI of Spain will be present at some of the events on the programme. Mr Willem-Alexander will be accompanied by Rob Jetten, Minister for Climate and Energy.

On the 13th, during HM King Willem-Alexander’s stay at the Royal Botanical Garden in Madrid, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will organise two meetings on the future of green hydrogen.

At 4 p.m. a symposium is scheduled under the title:

“The contribution of hydrogen valleys to the decarbonisation of Europe. Opportunities for Dutch-Spanish cooperation in the development of hydrogen valleys and sustainable aviation fuels”.

The media can attend the symposium from a press section. Speeches will be as follows:

– Speeches by Teresa Ribera, Minister for Ecological Transition, and Rob Jetten, Dutch Minister for Climate and Energy.

– Introduction by Javier Brey, Spanish Hydrogen Association.

– Debate led by Bart Biebuyck, former Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

– Closing remarks by the Spanish Secretary of State for Trade, Xiana Méndez.

At 17:15 there will be a networking event at the Glorieta de los Castaños del Jardín, where D. Guillermo-Alejandro will be present, with several Dutch and Spanish companies on hydrogen valleys and the innovative hydrogen ecosystem.

Signed a joint declaration highlighting the crucial role of sustained efforts in renewable hydrogen research and innovation.

The Commission and key stakeholders signed a joint declaration highlighting the crucial role of sustained efforts in renewable hydrogen research and innovation.

Through this declaration, the Commission together with the European hydrogen industry, scientific community, and European regions, commit to stepping up and accelerating joint actions in research, development, demonstration, and deployment of Hydrogen Valleys. In line with the EU Hydrogen Strategy and contributing to the REPowerEU Plan and the Green Deal Industrial Plan objectives, these powerhouses connect hydrogen production, transportation, and a range of cutting-edge applications – from clean mobility to industrial feedstock – creating fully functional and sustainable clusters of supply and demand, advancing renewable hydrogen deployment and as a result driving forward the clean energy transition.

The joint declaration also calls for sustained investments, strengthening synergies between funding resources, sharing knowledge, stimulating the development of education and training for skills, and building regional hydrogen networks and interconnections between Hydrogen Valleys.

Based on this, we highlight the work of our partner, the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation, the only European entity that participates in 5 hydrogen valleys. This model is ideal for extending and showing that this technology brings together all the elements related to the production, storage, transport and end use of hydrogen in a single territory. Specifically, the Aragonese Foundation is participating in the hydrogen valley projects of BIG HIT (Scotland), Heavenn (Holland), Green Hysland (Balearic Islands), NAVH (Italy-Slovenia-Croatia) and SH2AMROCK (Ireland).


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Aragon participates in the first meeting forum of companies of the Ebro Hydrogen Corridor

The Agri-Food City of Tudela, in Navarra, has been the scene of the first forum of the Ebro Hydrogen Corridor. An event in which 43 projects belonging to Aragon, Basque Country, Navarra and Catalonia and representing the entire value chain have been presented. The event has also had institutional representation with the presence of the President of Navarra, Maria Chivite; the Minister of Economic and Business Development of the Government of Navarra, Mikel Irujo; the director of the Basque Energy Agency, Iñigo Ansola; the Director General of Industry and SMEs of the Government of Aragon, Javier Navarro; and the Minister of Enterprise and Labor of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Roger Torrent. The president of Navarra, María Chivite, has highlighted «the importance of the collaboration between the communities of the Basque Country, Aragon, Catalonia and Navarra to work with ambition in the energy transition and for the Ebro Corridor to become the Green Hydrogen pole in Southern Europe with the sum of the industrial capacities of the four autonomous communities and the ability to promote a Hydrogen economy».
During the forum also took place the presentation of 43 projects representing the entire value chain of green hydrogen and belonging to the four autonomous communities. In addition, the companies have had the opportunity to hold bilateral meetings to form synergies between them and to develop projects that promote the development of the hydrogen economy.