Plans unveiled on Tuesday (July 5) for the Hydrogen Valley Estonia project seek to develop hydrogen strategy, governance, and international recognition, encouraging the country to become part of a European large-scale hydrogen valley along the North Sea, under the motto ‘from zero to green’.

The private and public project partners have set the target of establishing a complete, nationwide hydrogen value chain to accelerate the energy transition, achieving energy independence, over the next six years, in an effort to also meet its goals of climate neutrality by 2050.

H2 View understands hydrogen produced in Estonia is set to be used as fuel for public transport, heavy-duty vehicles, rail, shipping, and aviation, as well as a feedstock for industry and heating.

Petrus Postma, Secretary of the Steering Group for Hydrogen Valley Estonia said, “Hydrogen Valley Estonia aims to be the central node in the systematic development of the hydrogen economy in Estonia. Without that, Estonia has no perspective on becoming green and energy independent.

“The coming six years we will focus on kickstarting, and accelerating projects based on onshore hydrogen production, to be ready as an economy for the large-scale uptake of hydrogen based on offshore solutions from 2030 onwards.”

Public and private partners form the Management Team, Steering Group, and Support Group for the project. Founding partners include Port of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport, Alexela, Eesti Energia, Terminal, Tartu University, Municipality of Tartu, Municipality of Pärnu, and the Island of Saarema.

Port of Tallinn announced in 2021, plans to develop a green hydrogen hub, and in May 2022 revealed it was set to cooperate with the Polish Port of Gdynia on the management of hydrogen.

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The project support group includes companies such as,  XFly; Skeleton Technologies; Stargate Hydrogen; Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology; TS Laevad; Liwathon; Elmo Rent, HHLA TK; Estiko; Keila Municipality; Pölva Rural Municipality; SKYCORP, Tartu County and Lääne-Harju Rural Municipality.


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