Innovative and socially responsible Danube region - Increase competences for business and social innovation
Project Idea Promoter
(name of the institution)
ARENA INNOVATION & The HYDROGEN SOCIETY
Needs and challenges
(Needs, main problems or challenges to be addressed)
Addressing European decarbonisation targets requires technologies that reduce energy consumption and emissions whilst fully harnessing the potential of renewable energies. In this context, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen (FCH) technologies constitute a significant opportunity to substitute fossil fuels in transport, energy and industrial sectors. They are well developed in the upper but completely missing in the middle and lower Danube region. As these technologies are now entering the market, a transnational cooperation from public and private partners in the entire Danube macro region is necessary to trigger large-scale deployment for the creation of a sustainable and green HYDROGEN SOCIETY.
(main and specific objectives to be achieved)
The aim is to establish a business environment & competence clusters in each riparian state and digitally interconnect them in order to enable FCH knowledge and technology transfer from the upper to the lower Danube region, hence fostering transnational cooperation and creating new synergies in all relevant sectors. Themes such as education and training, communication at the interface of government, industry and science, public relations in order to raise the public awareness of these technologies and implementation of EU Directive 2014/94/EU on the development of alternative fuels infrastructure (CPT) complement the general objectives.
Main results and core outputs
The project promotes regional & transnational cooperation among all riparian states in order to create new qualified jobs in the clean energy and transportation sectors. It will initiate and evaluate projects and bundle these in an appropriate manner – for example in terms of geographic regions and/or thematic aspects – in order to exploit the potential to achieve as many synergies as possible.
Main foreseen activities
1. Facilitate long-term and stable policy frameworks to guide the energy transition in all sectors (energy, transport, industry, and residential). We will bring in our expertise on the feasibility of decarbonization solutions in each sector.
2. Develop coordination and incentive policies to encourage early deployment of hydrogen solutions and sufficient private-sector investments. These policies should complement sector policies and provide tools to capture the benefits of hydrogen.
2.1 In the transport sector, ensure strong coordination among governments (to give direction), car manufacturers (to produce and commercialize FCEVs), infrastructure providers (to invest in supply and distribution infrastructure), and consumers (to purchase FCEVs).
2.2 Ensure the energy market reforms effectively in terms of feed-in tariffs, curtailment management, seasonal balancing capacity remuneration and taxation, while taking into account the benefits hydrogen can deliver to the energy system.
2.3 Define financial instrument
Innovative character of the project idea
The innovative character of this project idea is the creation of a so-called "Digital Single Hydrogen-Society Platform" , which combines the advantages of green hydrogen from renewable electricity sources with the aspect of digitalization in order to help kick-start the EU industry to achieve the EU climate goals. The objective is to launch large-scale industrial projects, possibly in the form of an IPCEI (important project of common European interest) on hydrogen. Preparations for the first sub-projects have begun but more projects are expected. The aims are maximum impact and broad spillover for each of the projects (https://www.hydrogen4climateaction.eu/projects).
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Associated Strategic Partners
Associated Strategic Partners
Programme co-funded by European Union funds (ERDF, IPA, ENI)