EU calls for projects showcasing potential of hydrogen to decarbonise islands

The European Commission has launched a call for projects that showcase the potential of hydrogen applications to decarbonise islands across the EU and worldwide, expanding its existing work to promote innovative solutions.

As islands look to rapidly boost their use of renewables as part of their clean energy transition, hydrogen and its associated technologies have the potential to support islands in addressing a number of challenges.

Part of the Horizon 2020 programme, the European Commission’s ‘H2 Islands Call’ is open until 21st April and is looking for projects that:

  • Leverage a location with high communication visibility to showcase the ability of hydrogen and its associated technologies to decarbonise islands in EU and worldwide;
  • Cover the complete value chain of hydrogen from production to distribution, storage and end-use in order to decarbonise islands with restricted connections and indigenous energy sources and with significant fluctuations in seasonal energy demand;
  • Demonstrate how hydrogen enables sector coupling and allows large integration of renewable energy;
  • Develop and promote the use of renewable hydrogen, energy efficiency and sectoral integration in applications related to intensive tourism such as hotels infrastructure (e.g. power, heat, cooling), general services, airports, ports, buses, ferries, renting fleets etc.;
  • Promote the economic growth of EU islands in new technologies and areas (e.g. reindustrialisation of remote areas based on hydrogen technologies).

All hydrogen should be produced from renewable energy capacity installed on the island. This hydrogen production should be included in the “CertifHy Green H2” guarantees of origin scheme, the call said.

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