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The Use of Hydrogen as an Energy Source in Towns, Cities and Regions in the European Union

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1.Introduction

Hydrogen technologies present one of the options how to use alternative energy sources with the intention to reduce fossil fuel use and pollution from emissions of exhaust gases. The biggest problem in hydrogen technology, in practice, is the production of a sufficient quantity of hydrogen for the use in the energy and transport sectors. Both sectors are the biggest sources of greenhouse gas emissions in EU countries.

2. Production of hydrogen

Hydrogen can be produced from hydrocarbons or from water. For the production of hydrogen through electrolysis or thermo-chemical processes, we need electricity or heat sources. In the project we will focus on economically feasible production (economic viability of the production) of hydrogen through the thermo-chemical and electrolysis processes. We will explore possibilities for the use, production and transport of hydrogen. We will examine the options for hydrogen production in available industrial plants in the regions of project partners.

Production of electrical energy

Project activities are directed towards the production of hydrogen in the face of increased needs (after electrical energy. During the project a study will be made to show, based on available technologies, the existing needs and economic viability.

3. The project will analyze the opportunities and point out the most appropriate solutions for the use of hydrogen technologies in various regions of the partners in this project. One of the planned options is to produce hydrogen in private buildings during the summer with solar hydrogen technology and then, during winter, to heat buildings by burning hydrogen. Therefore, we will carry out Research to Business Workshops devoted to European construction players (such as European building associations, engineering associations, architects associations, urban planning associations and industrial associations) and dealing with hydrogen technologies, in order to advance the use of hydrogen technologies in the construction sector.

4. Options for establishment of hydrogen cities/towns in the EU

The coordinator and the project partners will carry out, with the help of external experts, feasibility studies on establishment of hydrogen city/town. Mentioned studies will be carried out through the project activities and will outline the potential for the establishment of hydrogen cities/towns in the geographical areas of the project partners. Based on the results, a pilot model will be created.

Hence we will organise hydrogen cities roundtables to engage local policy makers, industrial association, urban planners association and associations of target cities to develop, with project partners and experts, a roadmap for planning the main steps for creating the wider use of hydrogen in cities.

5.The development of hydrogen technologies in conjunction with solar and geothermal technologies

With the help of experts from the energy and chemistry fields, we will examine the possibilities for developing hydrogen technology system in conjunction with other renewable energy sources.

6.Global environmental impact from the introduction of hydrogen technologies in the EU

Studies about the impact of introduction of the hydrogen technologies will be carried out at the local and global level.

7. Awareness campaign.

The awareness campaign will be parallel to all the project activities in order to engage project stakeholders and end-users as well as to reach project objectives.

The awareness campaign will target the main actors of the building and industrial sector. The objective is to boost their participation to project events, devoted specifically to them, as well as to foster marker uptake, showcasing the ready-to-market hydrogen technologies.

The awareness campaign will target policy makers and planners in order to stimulate, on small scale, the adoption of the new available technologies, turning their cities in pilot models as examples to replicate.

Moreover the awareness campaign will target students, families and civil and environmental associations in order to make them aware of the importance of shifting their cities from greenhouse gas emitting energy systems to a zero impact energy system.

Keywords: hdrogyen tehmologies, electrolysis process, thermo-chemical process, electricity, heat sources, greenhouse gas emissions, hydrogen villages, awareness campaign, studies, pilot model

Contact: Jurij Avsec, Assistant Professor in mechanics - juri.avsec@uni-mb.si