The European Hydrogen (Based) Society (HySociety)

Project Number 239

Headed by the Lisbon Technical University, 19 other companies/institutes from 14 European countries are involved in this EU project. The aim of the project is to evaluate during a 2-year period the technical possibilities as well as ecologic and economic marginal conditions necessary for the introduction of the energy carrier hydrogen.

The project has the following working topics:

  • Exploitation of the possibilities of a safe and reliable introduction of the energy carrier hydrogen in Europe,
  • identification and removal of obstacles,
  • survey of the technical, social, economic and ecologic marginal conditions,
  • draft of the guidelines (approval process) for use of hydrogen,
  • information supply for the European decision-makers.

The project is divided into three working topics in addition to the administrative performance. In the first step obstacles are detected and measures proposed for their removal. Working period is 12 months. Under the second working topic the technical, social, ecologic and economic parameters are analysed in parallel, which are connected to a large-scale introduction of hydrogen into energy supply. Creation of a realistic time schedule for the introduction of the new energy carrier is the content of the third working topic. It also comprises judgement of the approval processes and information supply. After six and eighteen months respectively an intermediate report is made out as well as a final report after 24 months. Two workshops are planned within the framework of the project.

The benefit of co-operation in the project for VGB member companies is that all operator-relevant problems can be included. This is of particular importance as introduction of the energy carrier hydrogen could in the long run cause far-reaching consequences for operation of the existing power plant park.

Execution of the project is supported by the Technical Committee Use of Renewables and Distributed Generation. Thus VGB member companies can directly influence the results of the study.

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