Our member region Catalonia is looking to partner up with interested regions in renewable hydrogen ecosystems for its Hydrogen Valley. Driving towards the implementation of green hydrogen as the key component of the energy transition, this project is the Catalan regional response to the strategy launched by the European Commission to reduce polluting emissions and strive for a climatically neutral Europe by 2050.
About Catalonia’s Hydrogen Valley
The Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia is based on previous work done by the Green Hydrogen Platform Southern Catalonia, created in October 2020 with the foundational purpose of bringing together all the agents that make up the value chain of green hydrogen and driving forward the understanding, production and implementation of this alternative source of energy. At that time there were about 50 agents (companies, government research institutions and individuals) who, under the coordination of the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, took part in setting up the Platform.
The project emerged as the regional response to the strategy launched by the European Commission in the summer of 2020 to reduce polluting emissions and strive for a climatically neutral Europe by the year 2050. The Green Hydrogen Platform Southern Catalonia emerged from the realization that the region has a high concentration of energy consumption and production, with three active nuclear reactors in Hospitalet de l’Infant and Ascó, the Camp de Tarragona petrochemical industry, four combined-cycle power plants, more than 20 functioning wind farms and 10 others that have been authorized and the Riba-roja d’Ebre hydroelectric plant. All of these factors show the need to create sustainable social, economic and environmental value by implementing green hydrogen as the key component of energy transition. This issue was highlighted by the work done on the occasion of the symposium on the climate emergency and energy transition that was held at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili in October 2019.
Currently, the Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia is already a fully consolidated strategic country initiative, and comprises over 70 companies, over 50 public institutions, 14 associations and clusters, 4 chambers of commerce and 14 centres of knowledge and research.
How to take part?
If your region is interested in cooperating, please contact our Member Relations Coordinator, Mr Anne Henk Bloemhoff ([email protected]).