Austria as Hydrogen VIP: EU approval for 4 large-scale H2 projects

The EU has given the green light to Hy2Tech with funding for the Important Project of Common European Interest (IPCEI) that focuses on hydrogen technologies. Southern Austria is taking an active part through the Styrian companies Christof Industries and AVL. A total of more than €5.4 billion will be given in grants for implementation, creating hundreds of jobs and more.
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Green hydrogen – the game changer

Green hydrogen is an important building block on the path to climate neutrality. Which is why the EU is pushing production of green H2 and has approved the IPCEI Hy2Tech. The aim of the project is to establish a European hydrogen value chain that is innovative, competitive and sustainable. The focus of funding is on highly innovative projects – spanning the development and upscaling of new, highly efficient electrolysis processes and fuel cell systems to innovative storage and transport technologies – and the application of hydrogen in areas of the industry and mobility sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as heavy transport, shipping and aviation.

Green Tech Valley heavily involved

As part of the project, four Austrian companies are contributing their expertise and working on the sustainable production of hydrogen. Southern Austria, the Green Tech Valley, is helping lead the way. The first 1 MW high-temperature electrolyser is being developed jointly by the plant manufacturer Christof Industries and the automotive specialist AVL from Graz. The aim is to produce renewable hydrogen at a significantly higher level of efficiency, thus making it far more cost-effective. Through integration of this system in a range of industry sectors, the project will make a significant contribution to decarbonisation of the overall energy and industrial system.

Contact

Christina Kropf
Green Tech Valley Cluster