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Public and private sector to develop first nationwide Hydrogen Valley in Estonia

The first Estonian Hydrogen Valley is being developed in close cooperation between three regions, one university and five of the largest companies in energy and industry.

In the coming six years Hydrogen Valley Estonia aims to become and form a complete and full nationwide hydrogen value chain that will accelerate the energy transition and independence of the whole country under the motto from zero to green.

Founding partners include the Port of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport, Alexela, Eesti Energia, Terminal, Tartu University, Municipality of Tartu, Municipality of Pärnu and the Island of Saarema. These nine partners are responsible for building the hydrogen strategy, governance and international recognition for Estonia to become part of a European Large-Scale Hydrogen Valley along the North Sea-Baltic corridor (amongst others the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark). This will foster economic opportunities for international collaboration, hydrogen export and EU subsidy schemes.

Hydrogen Valley
Source: Hydrogen Valley Estonia.

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

Green hydrogen production will be developed in 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. The hydrogen produced in Estonia will be used for hydrogen fuelling public transport, heavy-duty vehicles, rail, shipping, aviation and other transport modalities. Furthermore, it will be used as feedstock for industry, net balancing and even heating cases in the built environment.

Finally, a range of innovation-, research- and development projects are included. At this moment the scope of Hydrogen Valley Estonia includes around 30 projects under development, but more parties and projects are welcome to join.

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