“Hydrogen Horizons” gathers 100 hydrogen experts in Tarragona

Researchers, start-ups, companies, and representatives from the European Commission have gathered at the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) in Tarragona to discuss the future of green hydrogen as a sustainable solution to decarbonise our economy.

The European project ANEMEL and the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ) co-organised the first edition of “Hydrogen Horizons.” The event, which took place on 4 and 5 October in Tarragona, Spain, gathered 100 experts from academia, start-ups, companies, as well as representatives from the European Commission, to discuss the future of green hydrogen as a sustainable solution to decarbonise our economy.

Clean hydrogen generates minimal carbon emissions and offers a promising sustainable alternative to drive the transition towards a circular economy. However, only 1% of the hydrogen produced nowadays is green – in fact, 99% of hydrogen still derived from fossil fuel production. For that reason, the European Commission and the European Innovation Council (EIC) devoted nearly 30 million euros to fund a portfolio of projects, all working together towards the efficient generation of green hydrogen, as well as innovative industrial applications. This commitment is part of the wider European efforts to become the first carbon-neutral continent by 2050

Two male researchers, from ANEMEL and ICIQ, presenting slides in front of a crowded room
ANEMEL coordinator Pau Farràs and ICIQ Director Emilio Palomares presenting during the kick-off session at “Hydrogen Horizons” (Credit: Laia Plana, ICIQ).

As part of this project portfolio, ANEMEL catalysed the creation of the “Hydrogen Horizons” workshop, organised in collaboration with ICIQ, the local host in Tarragona – the most important chemical hub in southern Europe. “Hydrogen Horizons” featured presentations, roundtable discussions, and networking sessions with researchers from ANEMEL and ICIQ, and also various collaborators within the nine portfolio projects and policymakers, both from the EIC and partnerships like Hydrogen Europe Research, Eurecat, and different hydrogen valleys. Additionally, the first edition of “Hydrogen Horizons” brought together representatives from several small companies and start-ups working in green hydrogen production and electrolysis, and innovative industries in the sector, including Messer, DeNora, and DuPont, among others. Overall, the discussions covered different technologies for the production and utilisation of green hydrogen, as well as other initiatives to boost investments in renewable energies.

A male researcher presenting in an auditorium full of people, behind him a screen and two rollup signs with ANEMEL logos
Ivan Mora Seró presenting the project OHPERA, part of the portfolio of projects funded by the European Innovation Council within the ‘Green Hydrogen’ challenge (Credit: Laia Plana, ICIQ).

This first edition of “Hydrogen Horizons” was kindly supported by Elsevier and Hydrogen Europe Research