Boosting the hydrogen economy through international cooperation

EUSEW2020 | Day 3 | Boosting the hydrogen economy through international cooperation

Renewable energy solutions are already widely available and gradually contribute to fulfil Europe’s energy needs. However, if the EU is to achieve the planned net-zero emissions by 2050, one of the big challenges is to enable a smart sector integration that brings on-board the electricity, heating and transport sectors into one system.

In this respect, hydrogen is a key enabling technology for the energy integration challenge as it provides valuable solutions for several independent appliances, from in-land and offshore large transportation to heating as well as for energy storage. Fuel cell technology is being tested in long haul trucks, ships while green sources of hydrogen are being sought as a sustainable green energy. There are other novel applications with a large potential for decarbonization such as H2 as a liftgas which are being applied in the aviation sector, particularly in the relation to Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) carriers for cargo transport and surveillance activities.

Cooperation is an essential element to boost the hydrogen economy worldwide. For example, Interreg Norther West Europe is supporting seven projects dealing with various hydrogen technologies. The Region of Quebec is also cooperating with the EU  on hydrogen solutions, building on Quebec’s experience with electrification and innovative fuel cell/ battery development.

This session aims at presenting the outstanding impact already delivered by individual hydrogen projects and discuss how the technology can now enable smart integration from different energy sectors under the new Green Deal proposal/plan and post-COVID Recovery Plan.

 The agenda of the event will cover the specific cases where the use of hydrogen technologies is already providing attractive solutions for European citizens. The speakers will debate how territorial cooperation is contributing to tackle the energy challenge and develop smart infrastructure for EU countries.

The debate will cover:

  • Hydrogen as a key enabling technology for the smart energy integration (from in-land and offshore large transportation to heating as well as for energy storage);
  • Fuel cell technology is being tested in long haul trucks, ships & other novel applications such as aviation sector (particularly Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) carriers for cargo transport and surveillance activities);
  • Cooperation, both at the EU and international levels, is an essential element to boost the hydrogen economy worldwide (Interreg North-West Europe, Region

Speakers

Head of Unit of Operations and Communication
Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking
GenComm Project Manager
Belfast Metropolitan College
Director
Institute of hydrogen research, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
Project Manager
WaterstofNet
Senior Project Officer
Aberdeen City Council
Director
Interreg North-West Europe
Founder, Chairman & CEO
FLYING WHALES
Director
Institute for Infrastructure, Environment, and Innovation (IMEU)