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2nd CEE Hydrogen Forum took place strengthening regional cooperation on hydrogen

The 2nd CEE Hydrogen Forum was organised on 9 April in Budapest as a side event of the 3rd Budapest Hydrogen Summit. At the half-day event, regional projects with significant potential were introduced showcasing best practices from across Central and Southeastern Europe.

One of the key topics this year was the potential for hydrogen import in the region, with Bart Biebuyck, Director of the Green Energy Park, presenting the planned green ammonia import terminal in Krk, Croatia, covering the entire value chain.

Another highlighted topic was the presentation of the North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley initiative and its current development status by Aleksander Gerbec, Director of ECUBES. This initiative, covering Slovenia and Croatia, received significant EU support and attention and is one of the first cross-border Hydrogen Valley initiatives.

Marton Antal, representative of Hydrogen Europe delivered a presentation on regional approach to hydrogen development. Additionally, the presentation of HEAVENN, one of the most advanced EU hydrogen valley projects in terms of investment value, was provided by ERIG (European Research Institute for Gas and Energy Innovation).

The event also saw a presentation from Hydrogen Europe on hydrogen valleys. The main conclusion of the event was that regional cooperation is essential to develop the supply and demand side of the hydrogen market, exploiting the economies of scale and synergies in cross-border business links.

Companies such as Verbund, Wien Energy, Eustream, and DEFSA also shared insights into forming Hydrogen Valley projects and exploring potential collaboration opportunities.

The participants agreed that cooperation will ensure that actors interested in the development of the hydrogen economy can minimise the risks arising from market immaturity and make the most cost-effective investment decisions.

The CEE Hydrogen Forum was organised for the first time last year by MOL-PE Circular Economy Science Park with the goal of bringing together key players of the hydrogen economy from Central Europe to explore the potential for regional cooperation.

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