Hydrogen Europe and the S3 European Hydrogen Valleys Partnership cement cooperation to speed up the deployment of hydrogen in European regions. The partnership will enhance the development of hydrogen projects and foster economic prosperity across regional communities. It is a strong step towards implementing Europe’s decarbonisation goals while ensuring that all levels of society – local, regional, national and European – are well coordinated in a common effort, the organization says.
Hydrogen Europe wants to boost hydrogen all over the Continent
At the end of August, Hydrogen Europe announced their new CEO, Jorgo Chatzimarkakis. He made a statement about the brand-new cooperation. «Hydrogen valleys are a critical piece of the hydrogen economy puzzle. Empowering European regions is key in strengthening European leadership in hydrogen technologies. Hydrogen valleys will ensure a comfortable transition to a greener energy and foster economic prosperity of EU citizens», said Chatzimarkakis.
A ‘hydrogen valley’ is a geographical area where several hydrogen applications are combined into an integrated ecosystem that covers the entire value chain: production, storage distribution, and final use. Hydrogen valleys are set to become key hubs of the emerging hydrogen economy and enable the entry of cheaply produced clean hydrogen into the European internal energy market.
Facilitate the investments into hydrogen value chains
The cooperation between Hydrogen Europe and the European Hydrogen Valleys S3 Partnership brings the EU one step closer to growing a hydrogen market in Europe and integrating hydrogen into the EU energy mix. It aims to facilitate the investments into the local and regional hydrogen value chain and enhance the deployment of hydrogen technologies that best fit for any given region while ensuring synergies across Europe.
Getting the hydrogen technologies working in European regions is crucial for achieving the EU’s 2050 net-zero ambitions and boosting job creation. The European Hydrogen Valleys S3 Partnership was represented by the four leading regions: Aragon (ES), Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR), Normandie (FR) and Northern Netherlands (NL).