Hydrogen to reinvent and repower the European energy landscape

Last week, an event in Brussels marked the signature of a new agreement to boost the hydrogen economy in Europe. EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel committed to accelerating joint actions in the development, demonstration and deployment of Hydrogen Valleys, therefore contributing to key principles of the European Green Deal, the roadmap towards a climate-neutral continent.

Tags: Energy, European Commission, Green hydrogen

Invited by the European Innovation Council (EIC), ANEMEL attended an event in Brussels that reinforced the strong pledge of the European Union to the hydrogen economy. As part of the EU’s strategy to become the first climate-neutral continent, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel committed to collaborations that will catalyse innovation in hydrogen, to create jobs and tackle the most urgent energy challenges. 

The event gathered over 300 leading stakeholders and experts in hydrogen technology, including researchers, innovators, investors and policymakers. On top of talks and interesting discussions, the agenda included the signature of a joint declaration between the European Commission, Hydrogen Europe, Hydrogen Europe Research, and the S3 European Hydrogen Valleys Partnership. This pioneering agreement will strengthen synergies between academia and industry, much like the EIC Pathfinder projects, as well as spearhead the design and development of hydrogen technologies. Thanks to this initiative, said Commissioner Gabriel, “we will rapidly hit the target of doubling the number of operational Hydrogen Valleys by 2025.”

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

Furthermore, Commissioner Gabriel announced an additional allocation of €200 million to the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking to accelerate the rollout of hydrogen valleys. This is part of the #REPowerEU initiative, a plan to assure affordable, secure and sustainable energy for Europe, in response to the disruptions in the global market. 

In Brussels, ANEMEL presented the possibilities of generating green hydrogen from low-grade water sources, including seawater and waste water, with electrolysers free of critical raw materials and fluorinated “forever chemicals”. Overall, the technology developed within our EIC Pathfinder project will strengthen the sustainability of green hydrogen, reducing the reliance on pure water, which poses pollution problems when scaling up solutions.  

ANEMEL will establish strong connections with European hydrogen valleys, key for hydrogen production, transportation, and fully functional clusters for supply and demand. Together, researches and innovators will ensure the advancement of renewable hydrogen technologies, driving forward the clean energy transition.

Melissa Verykios, from the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, presenting in the Brussels event. To her right, EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.

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