The project NOTS, Nordic Open Creative Energy Summit Innovation Workshop is an inspirational hydrogen oriented learning day aimed at spreading over latest news and information on hydrogen and fuel cells applications. Also, creating new contacts and networks, but above all, an opportunity to allow people from different sectors and backgrounds to meet and challenge the established methods and approaches for innovation and development.
Estonian Ministry of Environment initiated the hydrogen working group on 25th October 2019. The goal is to analyze and set up The Hydrogen Roadmap for Estonia. Usage of hydrogen and fuel cell technology are the key elements guiding Estonia to the carbon-neutral economy to achieve climate targets.
The current meeting was to follow up Hydrogen Initiative signed by Estonia 2018 in Linz (Austria). Estonian Climate and Energy committee, which is led by prime minister analyzed the climate and economic impacts to achieve EU climate neutrality by 2050.
On the 03rd of October 2019 Estonia joined long term vision of EU climate neutrality 2050.
On kick-off meeting the first goal was set up, which is to issue Hydrogen Roadmap for Estonia. Next hydrogen working group meeting is scheduled in early November, where we are planning to discuss more specifically policy and technical measures to be considered.
A unique chance to witness next generation technology in Tallinn’s Seaplane harbour marina, the Energy Observer. This catamaran is the first hydrogen vessel in the world. Hydrogen is produced on-board from renewable solar, wind and hydro energy. Hydrogen is used as fuel directly on windless days or late hours without sunlight.
On the 30th of May, Estonian based SKYCORP OÜ with the Estonian Hydrogen Association presented in Tallinn Europe’s first commercially available hydrogen drone, the e-Drone Zero.
The next generation hydrogen Fuel Cell technology used on the drone allows it to have a flight endurance of 120 minutes instead of the usual 20-30 minutes as seen on batteries. It dramatically increases the value from drone missions and opens up new use-cases especially with future Smart Cities. Additional benefits include refuelling in just 1-2 minutes to increase productivity without having to carry multiple sets of LiPO batteries around.
What means the HyLaw?
HyLaw stands for the Hydrogen Law and removal of legal barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. HyLaw is a flagship project aimed at boosting the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (grant agreement No 737 977) and is supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. HyLaw is the two-years (01.01.2017 – 31.12.2018) European-wide project including 23 partners and oriented to bring together all national FCH (Fuel Cell & Hydrogen) associations with a common ambition of consolidation this important sector. HyLaw in fact, has a longer term perspective to set up a FCH National Associations Alliance with the aim to bring all actors in the field under a single unified umbrella.
HyLaw resuming seminar
Seminar with around 45…50 stakeholders took place in Hydrogen Europe office on the 6th of December. The Agenda was impressively tight with the Keynote from Dr Nicolas Brahy, Director of the Hydrogen Europe in cooperation with Mr Francoise De Jong followed by Mr Alexandru Floristean, the Legal & Project Manager presenting the main findings of the project. Most of the presentations are available on HyLaw Online Database. There are also available the numerous presentations from the national workshops held earlier in the Fall. Some of the partners’ companies presentations were also included to HyLaw workshop agenda. Three sessions with following panel discussions and the final conclusions by Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis from Hydrogen Europe made the seminar enjoyably informative and comprehensive.
One of the major target of HyLaw project has been compiling the database on legal situation and empasizing on the barriers hindering wider implementation of hydrogen in national economies. Partners worked on compiling the unified comprehensive database to have the comparable results from country to country. By today the database is completed and publicly available.
Conclusions for Estonia
The one-day seminar has been both extremely informing and teaching. The latest news in the HRS’s (Hydrogen Refueling Station) speedy spreading all over the Europe, also, the transport of hydrogen via pipelines. Administrative practices to introduce the legal framework in many economic sectors, also technical solutions in maritime, inland waterbodies, road transport, electricity generation, electrolysis, fuel cells various applications, etc. were included in 13 presentations.
For Estonia it is the ripe moment to take speedy start in HRS and creating the legal framework for hydrogen and fuel cells zero emmission applications. At present it is obviously one of the most efficient way to fight climate warming and move towards carbon-free economy.
During the seminar good contact with the director of Hydrogen Europe Dr Nicholas Brahy and the project coordinator Mr Alexandru Floristean has been established. They very friendly asked the Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies to join the Europe-wide network. This is encouraging offer and our association will accept the invitation with great pleasure. Hopefully Estonia starts to be more seenable, also thanks to signing by our government representative the „The Hydrogen Initiative“ in Linz, Austria this Fall.
It is the most obvious that Estonia has today perfect option to catch the momentum and turn his economic sectors to the path of hydrogen society.
Estonian Hydrogen Association took part of HyLaw seminar in Espoo, Finland.
Elcogen is nominated in the category of European individual fuel cell success story for the SMEs. The FCH JU marked that the productivity and competitiveness of SMEs will benefit everyone. FCH JU emphasized that nominations illustrate the approach of continuous learning, from creating low-carbon and sustainable solutions, enabling market entry for new products, developing ‘next generation’ products based on previous research, to opening new markets for European expertise in fuel cell and hydrogen (FCH) technology.
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Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day – 8th of October
The Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association (FCHEA) initiated the celebration of the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day in 2014. Thus, it is the fourth year this important energy transformation topic is raised to the attention of wider public worldwide. National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day were created to help raise awareness of a clean energy technology that is here now. October 8th (10.08) was chosen in reference to the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008). The latest news report that on October 1, the United States Senate passed Senate Resolution 664 by unanimous consent, declaring October 8, 2018, National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day for the United States.
Hydrogen is no-doubt one of the most efficient energy carriers in the prospective of future energy developments. Fuel cell-based electricity generation opens up new highly perspective spheres of using hydrogen.
The Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies celebrated the H&FC Day with the seminar in the Chemicum of Tartu University. The most recent developments in the field were presented by professor Enn Lust. He tackled both the fuel cell production related technologies and the use of hydrogen based on Fuel Cells.
Another presentation was made by M.Sc. Eng. Ain Laidoja who opened up the present situation in Estonia and analysed the Total Cost of Ownership for various transportation means and fuels including gasoline, diesel, biomethane and hydrogen. He challenged to make more precise line kilometre calculations for the public transport sector in the context of comparison with the hydrogen fuel.
The presentations were followed by a lively discussion between the presenters and numerous audience. Seems, the event devoted to the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day succeeded to bring the messages to the wider auditorium.
International Renewable Energy Association published report
about Hydrogen production from renewables.
Report is available for download from IRENA website.