As a result of our preliminary scoping of the Valley, we have identified thirty projects to be included into the scope. Almost every single project is initiated by one of the partners in the Steering Group They range from generation of renewable energy to use cases, across the country. By far most of the projects are in the idea and feasibility phase. The schemes below summarize the preliminary findings to date. We are working on getting the scope of the Valley complete by July 2022 and present a comprehensive overview in the yearly development as well.
In short, Hydrogen Valley Estonia is a complete and nationwide systems development that will accelerate the energy transition and independency of the whole country under the motto: ‘from zero to green.’
In the coming six years, hydrogen production will be developed at least six regions in the country. Parallel to that, transport and storage infrastructure is developed, including import and export terminal infrastructure, fuelling stations and storage facilities. This will lay the fundament for the hydrogen backbone to be developed afterwards. Hydrogen use cases under development range from fuelling public transport, heavy duty vehicles, rail, shipping, aviation, and other transport modalities to feedstock for industry, net balancing and even heating cases in the built environment. Finally, a range of innovation-, research- and development projects are included.
As the scope of the Valley is emerging, based on the content of the projects that have been identified so far, so is the strategy. The following elements form the base for the strategy, which is being developed further and aimed to be finalized in July 2022:
The initiating partners are developing their governance parallel to the scope and the strategy of the Valley. Hydrogen Valley Estonia’s (HVE) main objectives in establishing the governance are the following:
HVE aims to be a neutral body where roles and responsibilities of the partners are clearly defined;
We want to base our governance on our shared ambitions and our aim to collaborate with each other and third parties;
We aim to bring the right mindset on hydrogen to Estonia. A mindset based on working together on a strategic level and thereby finding synergies, both between partners and between links in the value chain;
We want to facilitate in providing Estonia with a long-term framework, built up by real projects developing over time;
HVE aims to function as a forum for knowledge on hydrogen that will enable parties to better understand each other and the hydrogen value chain.
Based on these ground rules, HVE further aims to provide national government with a clear representation of regions and companies on hydrogen. As such, HVE aims to be the primary hydrogen engagement partner for national government on policy development and the development of policy instruments.
Furthermore, with such a strong representation of regions and companies, HVE aims to become the go-to organization for cross-border cooperation on hydrogen. From that perspective, HVE is investigating EU recognition and cross border partnerships.
The first nationwide Hydrogen Valley ever is being developed in close cooperation between three regions, one university and five of the largest companies in energy and industry in Estonia. They have formed a Management Team and a Steering Group to build up the strategy, the governance, and the European recognition of the Valley.
These nine initiating partners are open to additional partners to strengthen the Valley and its strategy.
In addition to these nine partners, a Support Group has been identified consisting of the following organizations: Association of Municipalities of Tartu County, Auve Tech, Clever Cities, Elcogen, Elmo Rent, Estiko, Estonian Aviation Academy, HHLA TK, Keila Municipality, Liwathon E.O.S., Lääne-Harju Rural Municipality, Pakri S&I Park, PowerUp Energy Technologies, Põlva Rural Municipality, Skeleton Technologies; SKYCORP, Stargate Hydrogen; Tallinn University of Technology, Tartu Vocational College, TS Laevad, XFly.
The members of the Support Group are invited to bring projects into the Valley scope to further complete the hydrogen value chain in Estonia and additional organizations are invited to participate in the Support Group.
The initiating partners invite all to add value to the Scope, the Strategy, and the governance of the Valley as we regard the development of the Valley as a project with strong societal relevance and benefits. Contacts can be established either via the partners in the Valley or by contacting the Steering Group’s secretary by email: petrus @ nflux.nl.