HSE signed a contract on the co-funding of the NAHV project

HSE signed a contract on the co-funding of the NAHV project

With the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley (NAHV) project, lead partner Holding Slovenske Elektrarne (HSE), Hrastnik1860 and the entire consortium of 37 partners, drawn from Slovenia, Croatia and the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy are proud to position their macro-region firmly ON THE HYDROGEN FUTURE MAP!

Ljubljana, 24 July 2023 – HSE, the lead partner in the NAHV project, on behalf of the entire consortium, including Hrastnik1860, last week signed with the Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking, a contract on the co-funding of the NAHV project, involving EUR 25 million in grants. This act served as the official green light for the implementation of this transnational European project as part of the Horizon Europe programme, which is aimed at establishing a dedicated hydrogen valley. The project will be implemented as of 1 September 2023, will last 72 months and will feature seventeen pilot projects across all three partner territories.

Hrastnik1860 as partner in the project will implement a hydrogen pilot in hard to abait glass industry. Our efforts will involve integrating a large-scale PEM water electrolyzer and hydrogen storage with the oxyfuel glass furnace. Our objective is to enhance energy efficiency of hydrogen utilisation by effectively utilizing both hydrogen and oxygen from the electrolysis, thereby driving the much-needed decarbonization of the glass melting process. Through this initiative, we aim to establish a sustainable and dependable long-term supply of renewable energy, making a positive impact on the industry’s environmental footprint

The partnership features a total of 37 organisations (34 partners and 3 associate partners): companies, universities, institutes and other public institutions from three territories: Slovenia, Croatia and the autonomous region of Friuli Venezia Giulia in Italy. The concept of the project encompasses the entire chain of the use of renewable hydrogen, from its production, storage and distribution to its end use in various sectors, mainly industry and land and maritime transport. The project received the highest evaluation of all Hydrogen projects presented for the call and was hailed by the European Commission as a Flagship Initiative

Industrial stakeholders from all three countries will develop pilot projects to produce more than 5,000 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year from renewable energy sources and its storage, distribution and use. One of the most important objectives of the project is to create a renewable hydrogen market, both in terms of demand and supply, which would make it a competitive energy product of the future. By introducing advanced technologies for the utilisation of hydrogen and by developing know-how and infrastructure, the project also pursues other key objectives of the European Green Deal. In particular, it concerns the decarbonisation of major industrial sectors, such as steel and cement production, as well as sustainable transport solutions to reduce the carbon footprint. In this way, the NAHV project begins to create a comprehensive ecosystem for the transition to the use of renewable hydrogen, which includes production and service activities to meet the needs of households and citizens, thus creating the jobs of the future by planning the required skills and competencies.

The project is supported by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership and its members.

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