H2Heat Activities

Exploring the Knowledge and Innovation Community on Water, Marine, and Maritime
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Date: 17-04-2024 14:00

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Seas, oceans, and inland waters are more than just scenic views and recreational spots. They hold the key to many critical aspects of our world, from ecosystems to climate dynamics, and from food provision to energy efficiency. Recognising the importance of these natural resources, the European Parliament is taking a proactive stance by organising workshops to promote knowledge and innovation in the water, marine, and maritime sectors.

The workshops, hosted by the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA), are scheduled to take place in the SPAAK 7C50 room and will be streamed online. However, registration is required for those planning to attend in person.

Addressing Key Challenges

One of the primary focuses of the workshops is to tackle significant challenges in the water sector. These include water scarcity, quality, and the need for sustainable fishing, as well as water and wastewater treatment. Discussions will also touch on the management of marine and freshwater ecosystems, the use of critical raw materials, and the advancement of a circular economy.

It’s evident that collaboration across various sectors is essential to address these challenges effectively. This calls for an innovative public-private approach and cross-sector cooperation.

The Water KIC: Enhancing Knowledge and Collaboration

The European Parliament is considering the establishment of a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on water, marine, and maritime topics under the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This Water KIC would serve as a platform for enhancing cross-border, multi-disciplinary collaboration and fully leveraging the potential of the knowledge triangle in these sectors.

A holistic approach to establishing the Water KIC could address significant economic, environmental, and societal challenges. Waters and ocean-related fields offer a strong knowledge base with high market potential, making this a pivotal initiative for the European Union.

Workshop Programme

The workshop offers a robust program packed with insightful presentations and discussions:

  • Welcome Address: Christian Ehler, MEP and STOA Chair, kicks off the event at 14:00.
  • Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021-2027: Pernille Weiss, MEP and STOA Panel member, shares insights on the EIT’s strategic plans.
  • Study Presentation: Researchers from Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Aix Marseille University present their preliminary findings.
  • Panel Discussions: The workshops include two panel discussions—one on building innovation ecosystems and another on attracting private investment for education and innovation.

The event concludes with closing remarks from Pernille Weiss, MEP and STOA Panel member.

The Impact on Future Policy and Initiatives

The workshops aim to provide policymakers with essential insights for establishing the Water KIC and aligning its goals with EU climate objectives. By reinforcing networks of active stakeholders, the initiative seeks to contribute to ongoing Commission work and shape the future of water and marine innovation.

The event is held in English only, and the live stream link will be shared on the event page. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of this forward-thinking effort to drive innovation and sustainability in the water sector.

Workshop Agenda and Time

14:00 – 14:10
Welcome by Christian Ehler, MEP and STOA Chair

14:10 – 14:20
The Water KIC in the EIT Strategic Innovation Agenda for 2021-2027
Presented by Pernille Weiss, MEP and STOA Panel member

14:20 – 14:50
Presentation of the study

  • Siri Granum Carson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Richard Sempere, Aix Marseille University (video message)
  • Sveinung Sægrov, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

14:50 – 15:00
Introduction by the moderator of Panel 1
Siri Granum Carson, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

15:00 – 15:45
Panel 1: Building Innovation Ecosystems

  • Manuel Irun Molina, Head of the Grant Implementation Unit, EIT
  • Luca Perego, Head of Unit ‘Innovation and EIT’, European Commission, DG EAC (Education and Culture)
  • Richard Zalztman, EIT Food CEO
  • Q&A session

15:45 – 15:55
Break

15:55 – 16:05
Introduction by the moderator of Panel 2
Sveinung Sægrov, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

16:05 – 16:50
Panel 2: Attracting Private Investment for Education and Innovation

  • Durk Krol, Water Europe
  • Kestutis Sadauskas, Mission Ocean
  • Margherita Cappelletto, Sustainable Blue Economy Partnership
  • Joaquim Poças Martins, University of Porto
  • Q&A session

16:50 – 17:00
Closing remarks
Presented by Pernille Weiss, MEP and STOA Panel member

The event is web-streamed, and the link will be available on the event page.

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FEDEPORT Session: Hydrogen Companies at Port of Las Palmas
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Ana Marcos de los Rios, the Project Manager of H2Heat, recently took part in an engaging session hosted by FEDEPORT in collaboration with CMC. The event was centered around hydrogen transportation activities, specifically targeting bunkering companies at the Port of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.



During the session, Ana had the opportunity to connect with various companies involved in the bunkering industry. The gathering served as a platform to discuss advancements in hydrogen transport and how these companies can contribute to a more sustainable future

These collaborative efforts are important for driving forward the hydrogen industry in the region and beyond.

How Will Ocean Energy Lead Us To A Better Future?
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source of original text: euronews.com


Leaders in the renewable energy sector explained to Euronews Correspondent Denis Loctier, how Europe can make better use of its surrounding waters to generate a reliable and sustainable source of electricity.

The world’s oceans, covering approximately 70 per cent of the planet’s surface, are, for the most part, an untapped energy source. However, Wavepiston, a global leader in wave energy solutions, wants to change all that by harnessing the power of the ocean.

The Danish company has created high-power water pipes with the support of the European Union. The natural movement of the waves generates clean energy with the help of underwater plates and a turbine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Odki7W7cj_c

The device is currently undergoing a year-long test off the coast of Gran Canaria in the Atlantic Ocean. The method is intentionally simple but effective, cutting down on costly offshore repairs. The seawater, once pumped to land, serves two purposes; it can be used to generate clean energy or desalinated to create fresh water. 

Michael Henriksen, the CEO and founder of Wavepiston told Euronews that it is important to have these pipes relatively close to the shore to make energy conversion easier. Unlike wind turbines, which some argue are unsightly and obstruct areas of natural beauty, these pipes are underwater and therefore don’t obstruct the view.

The energy converters and desalination components are located at an offshore research facility called the PLOCAN platform. Here, Wavepiston has access to a power grid and a wide range of tools. The company uses plates made of polypropylene, a material that can bend without snapping and withstand stormy conditions without breaking down. 

Técnicas Reunidas with H2Heat, Now is the time for Feasibility Study
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The H2Heat Feasibility Study Técnicas Reunidas Meeting held on Thursday, December 14th in Madrid, marked an important moment in the ongoing H2Heat Project. The day started with the morning arrival at Tecnicas Reunidas, setting the stage for an agenda-packed session. The focus was on the H2Heat Technical Feasibility, where participants shared information regarding the Feasibility Study and discussions as the “Proyecto Básico de Ejecución” (Basic Execution Project) unfolded.

Interview with partners

Judit Serra Marsal, Director of 2G Solutions during the interview.

The meeting continued its momentum into the afternoon, shifting gears to H2Heat Project Progress and Responsibilities. Partners shared organisational progress and explored handover options, with a unique touch added after – interviews with the partners, providing a deeper understanding of their roles.

The event not only furthered collaborative efforts but also provided Partners with valuable insights into the progress and responsibilities surrounding the H2Heat Project and its future.

The interviews put a familiar face on the Partner organisations that will facilitate their deliverables in order for H2Heat to fulfill its potential and ultimately provide a full supply-chain value of renewable energy.

The H2Heat Meeting at Técnicas Reunidas
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NEXUS Event, H2HEAT project was presented. #Now is the time.
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NEXUS, a groundbreaking event, shines a spotlight on the vast potential of Research, Development, and Innovation (R+D+i) in Navarra and throughout Europe. This initiative is thoughtfully organised by ADItech and is proudly financed by the General Directorate of External Action of the Government of Navarra.

The NEXUS Where Navarra meets Europe conference hosted at the Navarra Conference Center and Auditorium in Pamplona/Iruña, agents from the Navarra R&D&i System (SINAI) and other entities of the Foral Community interested in opting for sustainability as the main key to economic transformation.

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In this second edition, the second vice president and counselor of Memory and Coexistence, Foreign Action and Basque, Ana Ollo, highlighted in her opening the “high preparation of Navarra to host and develop large European R&D&I projects. ” Likewise, Vice President Ollo wanted to point out that the Foral Community “is one of the four Spanish regions that has been classified as ‘Strong Innovator’ in the 2023 Regional Innovation Classification”, a European index built by the European Commission. with 21 indicators for 240 regions.

After the intervention of the general director of ADItech, Diego Garrido, who wanted to highlight that “Nexus is the ADItech event, which materialises the work that the SINAI coordinator carries out to unite and connect Navarra with Europe”; The opening included the intervention (online) of Magdalena Cymerys, belonging to the General Directorate of Research and Innovation of the European Commission, who carried out an analysis of the state of implementation of the New European Innovation Agenda. One of the objectives of this Agenda is to contribute to the creation of “regional innovation valleys”, which will strengthen and better connect innovation agents in Europe, and for which Navarra has recently presented a proposal in order to create a Valley Regional Innovation in Circular Economy, in collaboration with other European regions.

The NEXUS event, financed by the General Directorate of Foreign Action and organized by ADItech, coordinator of the Navarrese R&D&i System (SINAI), consisted of six sessions corresponding to the themes set by the regional economic transformation agenda S4 : green energy industry; personalized medicine; healthy and sustainable eating; electric and connected mobility; ecological transition and digital transition. Each of these sessions has begun with the presentation of a leading project in Europe, some of them classified as emblematic.

The Six Projects

The six proposed projects Specifically, in terms of large European R&D&I projects, six reference projects have been proposed in this edition of NEXUS.

In the session on green energy industry, the H2HEAT project was presented, which aims to demonstrate the complete value chain of green heating with hydrogen (H2) to heat commercial buildings.

Regarding personalised medicine, the CGI-Clinic’s project has been presented, which deals with the improvement of precision medicine in oncology, optimising the interpretation of genomic data.

In healthy and sustainable eating, the FEAST project has been presented, which aims to generate healthier and more sustainable eating behaviours at all levels and throughout the value chain of the food system.

In electric and connected mobility, the SHOW project was presented, which aims to support the deployment of shared, connected and electrified automation in urban transport, to advance sustainable urban mobility. In this case it has been explained that, during the project, real urban demonstrations will be carried out in 20 cities throughout Europe.

In the session corresponding to ecological transition, the REDOL project was presented, which aims to transform cities into centers of circularity by implementing zero waste strategies. And finally, at the digital transition table, Dihamics was presented, a digital innovation center (Hub) in Aquitaine that offers companies, in particular SMEs, a range of services designed to promote access to technologies. based on artificial intelligence, to accelerate and guide digital and sustainable transitions in the industry. Horizon Networks It should be remembered that NEXUS is included in the Horizonte Redes initiative coordinated by ADItech and financed by the General Directorate of Foreign Action of the Government of Navarra since its inception in 2020. This initiative was created with the objective of disseminating SINAI agents and companies, the importance of preparing for the multiannual European research framework program Horizon Europe (2021-2027), as well as encouraging their continued and proactive participation throughout the program. The value of this initiative lies in the consolidation of a work methodology that connects the regional interests of SINAI agents and companies with the Navarrese antennas in Brussels.

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H2Heat Plans and Prepares for Transformation, #Now is the time
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The planning and preparation phase of the H2HEAT project is a vital step in bringing this transformative vision to life. In this blog post, we will delve into the project’s objectives, key tasks, and the remarkable journey that lies ahead.

Setting the Stage of H2Heat

The H2HEAT project’s planning and preparation is driven by a set of core goals, each essential for its successful execution:

1. Overall Detailed Project Plan

At the heart of the project lies a crafted plan that not only outlines the journey ahead but also provides a detailed budget and a timeline that keeps everyone aligned and accountable.

2. Consenting and Permitting

Every significant endeavor requires the green light from the powers that be. H2HEAT is committed to securing all the necessary permissions and consents to ensure a smooth and lawful progression.

3. Environmental Impact Assessment

With a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility, H2HEAT conducts a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Continuous monitoring is part of the commitment to minimize ecological harm.

4. Resource and Demand Forecasting

Efficiency is key, and that’s why the project meticulously analyzes and forecasts energy demand, ensuring resources are used optimally.

5. Site Survey and Techno-Economic Analysis

To maximise efficiency and performance, H2HEAT partners with PLOCAN to evaluate the suitability of the project site. Detailed techno-economic analysis guarantees an optimized configuration.

6. Health & Safety Strategy

Safety is a top priority. A thorough Health and Safety (H&S) strategy is developed and executed, covering all aspects of the project to protect the well-being of the team.

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Tasks at Hand: Driving Sustainability

Let’s zoom in on the specific tasks that are steering the H2HEAT project towards success:

Project Planning: The project plan is not static; it’s continuously reviewed and updated as progress is made. A detailed budget is created based on a techno-economic analysis and project requirements.

Consenting and Permitting: This task involves obtaining a range of permits, including administrative authorisation, environmental assessments, and manufacturing licenses. The project also explores the possibility of grid connection if needed.

Site Surveys and Resource Assessment: Evaluating the project site near Las Palmas Gran Canaria is crucial. Historical weather data and energy demand forecasts guide decision-making.

CHUIMI Hospital Analysis: A comprehensive review of CHUIMI hospital’s heat requirements is conducted, ensuring that the project aligns with current usage, seasonal variations, and equipment needs.

Preliminary Designs and Specifications: A high-level system design study is carried out, covering renewable energy sources, electrolysis, infrastructure, hydrogen production, and heat distribution. This study helps optimize the system layout and estimate costs.

Environmental and Permitting Activities: This task encompasses a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), administrative procedures, and measures to mitigate environmental impact. Ongoing environmental surveillance is also established.

Health and Safety (H&S) Plan: Safety is paramount. A comprehensive H&S plan includes risk assessment, scenario development, emergency procedures, personnel designation, and a training and communication plan.

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA): A standardized methodology is used to assess the project’s impact on environmental and socio-economic factors, including circularity and the project’s location.

Environmental Impact Monitoring and Reporting: The project continuously monitors its supply chain, tracking progress in reducing carbon emissions and reporting on compliance with the EIA baseline report.

The H2HEAT project is not just about innovation; it’s about pioneering a sustainable and eco-conscious future.

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Find out more about the H2Heat Supply and Value Chain Concept
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The H2HEAT concept aims to advance the entire supply and value chain for Green Hydrogen (H2) for heating and Oxygen (O2) to at least Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL7). This will be achieved by addressing key stages related to technology innovation, cost efficiencies, infrastructure effectiveness, and enhancing end consumer confidence in supply and support.

In an exciting collaboration with SCS, H2HEAT is tasked with fully leveraging the project results to implement a replicable solution in nine other large hospitals. To have a lasting impact, H2HEAT, in partnership with the Canary Island organization GobCan, will also formulate plans for extending the H2HEAT solution to other substantial heat consumers, such as hotels and other entities within the tourism sector.

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Graphic of the H2HEAT H2 facility located in the PLOCAN site near the osw RE located in the PLOCAN research area

This concept goes far beyond a mere demonstration of the use of H2 produced from RE  for heating:

Using local offshore renewable energy for H2 production, storage, and onshore use boosts Gran Canaria’s autonomy and reduces mainland dependence. Our commitment to sustainability is reflected in every aspect of our project, from the energy source to the end product. By harnessing the abundant offshore renewable resources surrounding us, we’re minimizing our carbon footprint and maximizing our island’s energy potential.

The Stargate electrolyser, the heart of our operation, showcases cost-effective, efficient ceramics-based electrodes. Cutting-edge technology ensures that hydrogen production is not only green but also cost-effective. We believe in setting a new standard for efficiency and environmental responsibility.

The 2G Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit, designed specifically for hydrogen, is the first 100% H2-capable unit with high efficiency and flexible gas quality requirements. This technology allows us to harness hydrogen’s full potential, offering a cleaner and more efficient solution for energy needs.

The innovative H2-CHP/heat pump system generates significant heat output from green hydrogen. We’re not just generating electricity; we’re also producing heat, making it a versatile energy source for a wide range of applications.

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Multiple renewable energy sources, including offshore wind, solar, and photovoltaic, reduce the impact of energy variability through advanced control systems. Gran Canaria’s energy future is a harmonious blend of diverse renewable sources, ensuring stability and reliability.

A centralized hydrogen facility is a better alternative to limited rooftop solar photovoltaic for the commercial sector. We understand the unique energy needs of businesses, and we’re here to provide a solution that guarantees both economic and environmental sustainability.

Utilizing offshore wind energy maximizes valuable island space, crucial for the tourism industry. Our approach not only benefits the environment but also ensures that our island remains a pristine destination for visitors from around the world.

A fully interactive platform engages islanders in the H2HEAT project, promoting hydrogen adoption in Gran Canaria’s power and heat. We believe in the power of community involvement and education, as we work together to build a sustainable future.

Future plans involve collaborating with local businesses, hotels, energy consumers, supply chains, and investors, ensuring project continuity and accelerating Green Hydrogen adoption. We’re building a foundation for a future that’s cleaner, more efficient, and self-reliant. Join us on this exciting journey towards a greener, more sustainable Gran Canaria.

The future is hydrogen, and together, we’re shaping it on our beautiful island. Welcome to the H2HEAT project – the future of hydrogen production on Gran Canaria.

In the medium term, the H2HEAT concept will play an important part in the impact of advancing the use of H2 for heating beyond Gran Canaria to all the island group, and longer term, for all islands.
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INNOVATIVE H2-CHP/ HEAT PUMP COMBINED SYSTEM

H2HEAT is leading the way in reducing emissions in industrial heat supply, where low-temperature heat (<100 °C) is in high demand.

Heat pumps are well suited to reducing emissions in the supply of low temperature (<100 °C) heat, which, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA), is the largest source of industrial heat demand today. A heat pump might typically have a Coefficient of Performance (COP) of 3-5 (or higher depending on the application), i.e. it can transfer 500 % more energy than it consumes. A high efficiency gas boiler might achieve a maximum of 95%. Therefore, the use of heat pumps instead of boilers is highly efficient and can contribute substantially to the carbon footprint reduction.  Currently, most heat pumps in commercial systems are powered by conventional energy.

The H2HEAT concept is to combine the H2-CHP with the heat pump. Partner 2G will complete this integration and include it as part of their product roadmap. This has multiple benefits to CHUIMI hospital. Firstly, the direct use of the energy produced by the CHP from H2 will make the heat generated 100% green. Secondly, it avoids the necessity for CHUIMI of having to integrate the H2-CHP into its electrical system, saving costs. Thirdly, the high COP of the heat pump combined with the H2-CHP heat output will come close to supplying all of CHUIMI heat requirement.

SOPHISTICATED CONTROL SYSTEM FOR H2 PRODUCTION, AND DIGITAL SIMULATIONS FOR PLANNING AND TESTING

Hybrid combinations of RE for H2 production are relatively nascent and certainly have not been trialled extensively in a real environment. Therefore the EMS and DSM required to cater electrically for such a complex mix is still relatively new. BIG HIT used  a combination of wind and tidal RE. However, at peak it only produced 50t p.a H2. Likewise, digital simulation systems for planning and testing multiple RE combinations for H2 production are at development stage.

H2HEAT partner will develop a highly innovative smart digital system that will be capable of managing combined  non-correlated multiple RE types and integrate with the H2 production via a sophisticated control system incorporating  smart EMS, DSM and SCADA. 

Schematic of future multiple RE power flow link to the smart EMS in the substation

While H2HEAT will use OSW only, the control system will be future proofed to the PLOCAN vison for its research center of multiple RE sources and types.

PLOCAN Research area strategy (future vision)

There are increasing numbers of H2 projects using electrolysers for conversion of RE. However, there are only a limited number based on islands. Surf ‘n’ Turf, the predecessor of BIG HIT encountered corrosion on the electrolyser due to the prevailing conditions on the Orkney Islands. 

Corrosion of equipment in the Surf ‘n’ turf project

The  Oyster project will investigate the feasibility of combining an OSW turbine directly with an electrolyser and transporting renewable hydrogen to shore. However, it is a scale trial only with no commercial end consumer, not post project continuity.

H2HEAT will locate the H2 production facility  in the PLOCAN nearshore site. The choice of the onshore over the marine based RE equipment (Oyster) is to reduce maintenance cost  and increase efficiency in operations, particularly for multiple RE sources. The H2HEAT electrolysis system that will be installed will have to operate efficiently under occasionally difficult nearshore conditions while requiring minimal maintenance and still meet performance targets.

Learning from such EU island projects as BIG HIT, H2HEAT will investigate:

  • improved coating protection systems used on equipment e.g. from the Oil and Gas industry (NORSOK M501, C5), 
  • anti-corrosion material such as Xylan®.
  • materials of construction  e.g. Stainless steel minimum grade 316
  • galvanic isolation use when considering dissimilar materials of construction if appropriate 
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The H2HEAT project is all about making green hydrogen for heating a practical reality. It’s not just about ideas; it’s about putting them into action. We’re taking the lab experiments and turning them into real-world solutions.

TechnologyTRL4TRL5TRL6TRL7TRL8TRL9
OSW    Yes Yes 
Electrolyser  Yes  Yes  
H2-CHP   Yes  Yes Yes 
Heat Pump     Yes Yes
H2 compression and storage     Yes Yes
EMS  Yes  Yes Yes  
START AND FINISH TRL OF H2HEAT TECHNOLOGIES

Ambition and progress beyond state of the art 


H2HEAT will contribute substantially to advancing the concept of green H2 for heating (and O2) both in terms of “idea to application” and “lab to market“.

Electrolyser Advances

Alkaline based electrolysers are more mature when compared with proton (PEM) or anion (AEM) exchange membrane electrolysers. However, they typically employ expensive electrode precious metal materials resulting in cost inefficiencies and likely increasing future costs.


Stargate Hydrogen is developing advanced alkaline electrolysers based on nanoceramic active materials. The use of novel materials allows Stargate to achieve performance that is on par with widely used precious metal-based electrolysers (both PEM and precious metal-based alkaline), yet without the use of precious metals. It will be demonstrated that the materials that Stargate utilizes in its novel cells and stacks can achieve electric power consumption of 45 kWh/kg H2 at the high-efficiency operating point. Quantitatively, Stargate electrodes will demonstrate electrolysis current ≥50x higher than for IrO2 electrodes per EUR invested.


H2-CHP ADVANCES

There are currently no 100% H2-CHP installations in most European countries. There are none in the Canary Islands. An alternative are 100% H2 boilers, but they too at R&I stage. EU funded BIG HIT combined 12 5kW domestic H2 boilers to heat 2 schools. Progress is being made on blend-certified condensing boilers (typically 20% H2 with natural gas) which will eventually be replaced by pure hydrogen. Another route being pursued is the hydrogen hybrid heating system that combines a H2 boiler and heat pump e.g. trials at Port of Milford Haven.

The H2HEAT 100% H2-CHP developed by partner 2G will be the first real commercial scale H2-CHP.

H2-CHP by partner 2G

The key innovations include:

  • It is the first CHP to work with H2 stably, with high efficiency.
  • Due to the fact that hydrogen has a very high detonation capacity, the mixture will take place inside the combustion chamber, so the gas will be injected through the Hoebiger injection valve, while the air will be compressed with the turbocharger. The process has to be very precise, therefore the injection valves will be electronically correlated with the cylinder head valves.
Formation of the mixture just before the combustion chamber CFD analysis of the mixture formation. Cooperation with the Technical University of Münster. Hörbiger gas injector direct entry to combustion chamber

  • It is essential to be able to control the production of electricity, and enable it quickly adapt to the consumer requirements.  The 2G H2-CHP will be able to start, stop and work at part load. It will to be able to work in island mode and achieve the maximum load possible in the minimum time.
  • The CHP from 2G can operate with varying levels of gas purity compared to fuel cells which require pure H2.
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What is the H2Heat Project and How Does it Help the Climate Change?
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The H2HEAT project is grabbing attention by showcasing creative ways to harness renewable energy and transform it into renewable energy carriers in the fight for a better, more sustainable future. With a focus on cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency, and environmental sustainability, this revolutionary effort aims to revolutionise the energy landscape.

Green Hydrogen Production

H2HEAT will showcase the production of hydrogen (H2) through the conversion of renewable energy (RE) supplied by Esteyco Offshore Wind (OSW). This transformation will be achieved using cutting-edge technology, particularly the Stargate electrolyser installed in a dedicated H2 facility. Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to wind energy efficiencies, cabling infrastructure, energy loss reduction, and H2 production will be rigorously tested in Work Package 4 (WP4). The integration of a sophisticated control system developed by NeoDyne will ensure maximum efficiency by accounting for RE variability and demand/supply balancing.

Sustainable Heating Solution

In an effort to reduce carbon emissions and enhance energy efficiency, H2HEAT will demonstrate the use of hydrogen (H2) for heating applications at the CHIUMI hospital. This hospital currently consumes a substantial 5000MW/year for heating purposes. By substituting traditional heating fuels with H2 from a combined Heat and Power (CHP) system or Heat Pump, the hospital aims to achieve up to 90% reduction in its heating fuel consumption. WP4 will evaluate the combustion efficiency and other key specifications.

Environmental Sustainability

One of the primary goals of the H2HEAT project is to achieve near-zero carbon emissions throughout the end-to-end green H2 heating process. Drawing on the extensive experience of our partner organizations in implementing green energy solutions, we are committed to adhering to European Environmental and Social standards and taxonomy principles. Environmental and Social Impact Assessments (ESIA) will be conducted, along with comprehensive Life Cycle Analysis.

WP1 will closely monitor the entire project, supply chains, and value chains, focusing on pollution prevention, biodiversity, climate change, and ecosystems. Copernicus data and products will be leveraged for in-depth environmental impact analysis.

Socioeconomic Sustainability

H2HEAT recognizes the importance of socioeconomic sustainability in its heating supply and value chains. This will be achieved through a Quadruple Helix approach in Objective 5 (WP7), emphasizing public engagement, community involvement, and responsible research and innovation (RRI) principles. Collaboration with the local community and Gran Canaria authorities will be initiated at an early stage. The project will also prioritize the use of local materials, services, and labor whenever possible. Education and knowledge transfer activities will ensure that the Las Palmas and wider Gran Canaria community is informed, educated, and actively participates in the Green Energy Valley concept and H2HEAT.

Achieving Technology Readiness Level 7

The H2HEAT project aims to achieve Technology Readiness Level 7 (TRL7) by the end of the project duration. This milestone will be reached through the comprehensive demonstration of the H2HEAT technology in WP4 within Gran Canaria’s operational environment. The project will undergo rigorous monitoring for a 24-month period, ensuring that all objectives are met and that the technology is ready for real-world applications. WP3 will develop a detailed test strategy, covering Factory, Site, and Demonstration Acceptance testing.

Cross-cutting Priorities: Artificial Intelligence and Digital Agenda

H2HEAT will lead the way in designing and implementing a full control system, including a smart Energy Management System (EMS), Demand Side Management (DSM) system, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. This integrated approach will facilitate demand response, modeling, and forecasting, ensuring energy efficiency in the face of variable energy supply. The system will also enable digital monitoring, analysis, and reporting during the demonstration phase, positioning H2HEAT at the forefront of the digital agenda.

The H2HEAT project represents a significant step toward a sustainable and eco-friendly future, where renewable energy is harnessed efficiently, and innovative solutions are implemented to address our heating needs. Stay tuned for updates as H2HEAT paves the way for a cleaner, greener energy landscape.

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The H2Heat Project recently embarked on an exciting journey in the vibrant city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, where innovation converges with renewable energy. This groundbreaking project focuses on harnessing renewable energy sources to produce carriers for heating.

Day 1 – Building the Foundation

The first day (27th September, 2023) began at the Explanada Vapores Insulares, where participants gathered. The day commenced with a warm welcome, followed by presentations from key figures who outlined the project’s objectives. The Press Conference was successful and the news has been published in three of the four newspapers in the Canary Islands in the two with the largest circulation.

The European Commission has recognised the particular difficulties faced by islands with isolated energy systems to achieve climate neutrality while ensuring their sustainability as tourist destinations. The Canary Islands have no gas network and so H2 will be an essential RE carrier for decarbonisation. H2HEAT is an ambitious yet realistic project which will deliver deep decarbonization of buildings using locally produced green H2. To realize this vision, H2HEAT will bring together investors, industry, and government to ramp up and coordinate their efforts. 


They also answered inquiries from the press to ensure everyone had a clear understanding of the project’s goals.


At the Press Event :

  • Joaquin Brito: CEO of PLOCAN
  • Javier Franco Hormiga, Director of the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (ACIISI).
  • Raúl Falcón Gracia, Deputy Director of Sustainability Management and Ecological Transition of the Canary Islands Health Service of Health (Servicio Canario de la Salud)
  • Dr. Gordon Dalton, Lead Project coordinator

As the day unfolded, the kick-off meeting agenda delved into various facets of the project. Presentations encompassed planning, acquisition, construction, commissioning, and communication strategies. The presentations were presented by all of the consortium work package leaders. These sessions offered a comprehensive overview of the project’s scope and potential impact. A memorable group photo captured the spirit of collaboration among participants.

The work packages presented:

Work Package 1

Leader – PLOCAN: Planning and preparation phase

Covers overall detailed project plan preparation including budget and detailed Gantt, all required consenting and permitting, EIA, resource and demand forecasting, site survey, techno-economic analysis, H&S strategy and plan. Ongoing environmental impact studies will be completed during the test period.

Work Package 2

Leader – PLOCAN: Definition and acquisition phase

Includes all detailed designs with functional and technical specifications for technologies requiring innovation in the overarching control system procurement. This WP also covers the procurement of the project equipment including components and preparation of the H2 production/storage site.

Work Package 3

Leader – Stargate Hydrogen: Build and installation phase

All technologies and equipment that require innovation and construction will be delivered in this WP. This includes software development relating to the Control System. The RE power cabling will be connected. The Test Team will deliver the Test strategy and plans with comprehensive KPIs, covering FAT, SAT and full demo trials. FAT must be passed at each technology partner facility prior to transport to the H2HEAT location. The H2 facility including electrolyser and storage will be prepared and kitted out. All equipment will be delivered to the PLOCAN H2 site facility or hospital consumer as appropriate and installed.

Work Package 4

Leader – 2G: Commission, Demonstration and Test Phase

This WP will cover the full commissioning, demo and testing of complete supply chain from RE conversion, to hydrogen production and onto generation of heating at the hospital. The demo will include extensive monitoring and optimisation cycles. 

Work Package 5

Leader – EMEC Exploitation and commercialisation

This WP runs in parallel with the above phases working closely with WP7 D&C. It will establish an Exploitation Working Group and deliver the full Exploitation Plan.

Work Package 6

Leader – PLOCAN Project coordination and management

This WP will coordinate all the different activities and manage risks. It will establish the Advisory Board and maximise the effectiveness of these valuable experts. The WP also covers the IP and knowledge management strategy and project contracting.

Work Package 7

Leader – ICORSA Dissemination and Communication and QH engagement

This WP will also run in parallel throughout the project. It will also be responsible for full initial and ongoing socio-economic analysis.

*See the full list of consortium partners here -> PARTNERS


Day 2 – Immersive Site Visits

The second day (28th of September) of the H2Heat Project event served as an immersive exploration of the project’s practical aspects. Participants embarked on a visit to the H2 production site at the Jinamar Hospital, a pivotal hub for hydrogen production and storage. Experts guided them through the intricacies of hydrogen production, compression, storage, and transport, providing valuable insights into renewable energy solutions. The electrolyser will be installed by partner Stargate Hydrogen in the dedicated PLOCAN on-shore site in Las, Palmas, Gran Canaria. Stargate is a pioneer in next generation green H2 production and zero emission solutions. A key innovation that will be demonstrated are the nanoceramics active materials in Stargate’s electrolyser which contain no precious metals, resulting in significantly lower H2 production costs while maintaining excellent efficiency. RE from the Esteyco OSW turbines will be connected to the H2 facility, together with a grid supply, feeding into a specifically designed control and energy management system (EMS). H2HEAT will firstly understand the hospitals requirements as the heat (including for heating water) as H2HEAT will be supplying a substantial part of the hospital’s overall requirement. 


In the afternoon, the group journeyed to the CHUIMI Hospital, where they had the opportunity to explore the combined heat and power systems and cutting-edge hydrogen storage facilities. The day’s activities fostered a deeper understanding of renewable energy applications. The H2HEAT project will serve as the replicable model to be rolled out across the SCS hospitals contributing to the SCS ambitious ‘Health Zer0 net Emissions Strategy 2030’ delivering deep decarbonization in the Health sector. 40% of total energy consumed and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU correspond to buildings, with 79% of that energy used for heating of water and air conditioning.

Partner SCS is in charge of analysing the integration of the H2 vector in its hospitals’ heating and energy systems on the Canary Islands. The control system and EMS will deliver dynamic results which means that the entire system from RE supply to the electrolyser, storage, including the CHP, can compensate for surplus and low amounts of power from renewable power generation by balancing power locally or, on the higher level, with balancing energy in the sub-station .The SCS is part of the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate Change and Health (ATACH) of the WHO.

2G will also integrate a heat pump as part of the innovative combined heating system, which will use the energy produced by the H2-CHP. The heat pump will have a high Coefficient of Performance (COP) and combined with the H2-CHP heat output, will meet most of CHUIMI heat requirements.

The Consortium partners with Esther Monzón – Regional Minister of Health

Day 3 – Offshore Exploration

The third day brought an air of excitement as participants prepared for an offshore adventure. The destination was the PLOCAN offshore platform, a focal point for offshore energy innovations. Contingencies were in place, including a visit to Las Palmas port and the EnerOcean device, should adverse weather conditions hinder the offshore journey.

At PLOCAN, participants received warm greetings from the project’s leadership team and embarked on a tour of the facility. Safety was paramount, with participants provided safety gear, ensuring their well-being during the visit.

In front of the PLOCAN on-shore research facility

The highlight of the day was a boat trip around the PLOCAN Platform and the Elisa wind turbine, providing a close-up view of renewable energy installations. Back on solid ground, they explored electrical systems, gaining insights into export cables and smart grid technology.

The Partners also received an informative presentation on H2Heat plans and equipment, gaining a glimpse into the future of sustainable energy.


The H2Heat Project’s kick-off event proved to be a captivating journey into the realm of renewable energy. With its commitment to harnessing renewable sources for heating, this project promises a greener future. Stay tuned for more updates on this remarkable initiative that aims to revolutionize how we heat our homes while preserving the planet.

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PLOCAN leads the H2Heat project for the production and utilization of hydrogen for heating from marine renewable energy sources.

The Canary Islands Ocean Platform (PLOCAN) is at the forefront of a consortium comprising eleven institutions and companies from Spain, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Estonia, and Ukraine. This collaboration is aimed at developing a project known as H2Heat, focused on harnessing renewable marine resources to produce hydrogen for heating and electricity generation. The primary application will be at the Insular Maternal and Child Hospital Complex in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The Panelists

Present at a press conference today were Javier Franco Hormiga, Director of the Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation, and Information Society (ACIISI); José Joaquín Hernández Brito, Director of PLOCAN; Raúl Falcón, Deputy Director of Sustainability Management and Ecological Transition at the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS); and Gordon Dalton, Coordinator of the European project “Innovative Production of Renewable Energy Vectors for Heating from Renewable Energies (H2Heat).” The project aims to utilize offshore wind energy to generate manageable green hydrogen for heat production, thereby reducing fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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The consortium participants have commenced a three-day work session for the project’s launch. With a budget of 13 million euros, of which 10 million is contributed by the European Union, and a duration of 5 years, the overarching goal is to demonstrate the complete value chain of green hydrogen (H2) heating for commercial buildings. These buildings are responsible for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, with 79% attributed to water heating and air conditioning.

“We will harness offshore wind energy from the ELICAN project to produce renewable, sustainable, and locally sourced hydrogen energy, from the oceans to hospitals,” emphasized Director of the ACIISI. He stressed the importance of renovating buildings to reduce energy consumption and emissions, as buildings surpass land transport in this regard.

The Director of PLOCAN expressed satisfaction with the substantial involvement of Canarian partners in the project and underscored the importance of testing various technologies related to the blue economy, ocean observation, biodiversity, and the digital transition in the Canary Islands, which will enhance competitiveness.

He also announced the plan to commence hydrogen production, ranging between 100 and 200 kilograms, by the end of 2025. He extended gratitude to the Canarian Health Service for their collaboration, as it plays a central role in the healthcare system’s green transition.

The Deputy Director of Sustainability Management and Ecological Transition of the SCS reaffirmed the Ministry of Health’s commitment to reducing polluting emissions into the atmosphere. “With the SCS’s participation in this project, we intend to position the public hospitals of the Canary Islands at the forefront of sustainability, as health systems are an integral part of society,” he stated.

In this context, Falcón highlighted that the Ministry of Health’s collaboration in this initiative aligns with the “Zero Net Emissions Health Strategy 2030,” which seeks to decarbonize the SCS through reducing the carbon footprint in the activities of healthcare services in the archipelago.

The H2Heat project, titled “Innovative Production of Renewable Energy Carriers for Heating from Renewable Energies,” introduces key innovations, including the production of highly combustible hydrogen using an innovative 1 MW electrolyser powered by marine renewable energy. It combines advanced combustion technology burners (cogeneration) designed for hydrogen operation with heat pumps, along with an infrastructure for transporting hydrogen from the production facility to the end user.

Renewable energy will be supplied by the Esteyco offshore wind turbine, the electrolyzer will be located at the EMALSA facilities in Jinámar, and the cogeneration burner and heat pump will be situated at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

In collaboration with the Canarian Health Service (SCS), H2HEAT aims to demonstrate the complete utilization of green H2 for heating and, subsequently, energy. This will serve as a replicable model for all SCS hospitals, enabling the SCS to fulfill its “Zero Net Emissions 2030 Health Strategy” and achieve substantial decarbonization. The project introduces the concept of a “Hydrogen Valley” on the island of Gran Canaria, with plans for expansion throughout the archipelago.

The comprehensive and complementary combination of experience and knowledge brought by the consortium partners will ensure efficient achievement of the project’s technical objectives, reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers, and develop replicable business models for large-scale commercial use of H2 as an alternative to direct heating in Gran Canaria.

The partners of the H2Heat project include: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain, specializing in fixed and floating wind turbines; Neodyne Ireland, responsible for electrical engineering and EMS control; Stargate Estonia, handling the electrolyser, compressor, and storage; 2G Spain, responsible for H2 cogeneration; ICoRSA Ireland, in charge of dissemination, communication, and public engagement; CMS Spain, engaged in public engagement in Gran Canaria; EMEC United Kingdom (Orkney Islands), contributing expertise in H2 distribution networks, business models, and techno-economics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain, representing the Canarian Health Service; Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation, and Information Society of the Government of the Canary Islands (ACIISI); and SPLP Ukraine, offering expertise in electrolyzer research.

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Pioneering Sustainable Heating

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is leading a consortium of eleven institutions and companies from Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Estonia and Ukraine for the development of a project called H2Heat for the production and use of hydrogen from marine renewable sources to be used for heating and power generation in the Materno Infantil Island Hospital Complex in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, and 79% of that energy is used to heat water and air conditioning. 

The overall objective of the H2Heat project, with a budget of 13 million euros, of which 10 million euros is provided by the European Union, and a duration of 5 years, is to demonstrate the complete value chain of green hydrogen (H2) heating for commercial buildings. 

Innovative Components of the H2Heat Project: Advancements in Green Hydrogen Production and Utilization

The H2Heat project, called “Innovative production of renewable energy vectors for heating from renewable energy, features as main innovations the production of highly combustible hydrogen with an innovative 1MW electrolyzer using marine renewable energy; the combination of an advanced combustion technology burner (Combined Heat and Power (CHP)) designed for hydrogen operation and a heat pump; and an infrastructure for transporting hydrogen from the production facility to the end user.

The renewable energy will come from Esteyco’s offshore wind turbine, the electrolyzer will be located at EMALSA’s facilities in Jinámar, and the CHP burner and heat pump at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

H2HEAT, in collaboration with the Canary Health Service (SCS), aims to create a complete demonstration of green H2 for heating and, subsequently, energy. This will serve as a replicable model to all SCS hospitals, allowing the SCS to comply with its “Zer0 Net Emissions Health Strategy”, achieving a deep decarbonization. 

Strategic Collaborations

Consortium Partners and Technical Innovations in the H2Heat Project

In addition, H2Heat will reduce costs at all stages of the value chain through innovation in electrolyzer design, smart Energy Management System (EMS), Hydrogen (H2) compression and storage and H2-CHP/heat pump system, and, through the project’s innovations in hydrogen production and use for heating, show evidence of impact in advancing EU targets for climate protection, energy independence and economic growth.

The project develops the “Hydrogen Valley” concept on the island of Gran Canaria and will extend it to the archipelago.

The complete and complementary combination of experience and expertise brought by the consortium partners will ensure an efficient realization of the technical objectives of the project, reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers and develop replicable business models for large-scale commercial use of H2 as a direct heating alternative in Gran Canaria. 

The H2Heat project partners are: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain Fixed and floating Wind Turbine company; Neodyne Ireland Electrical engineering responsible for EMS control; Stargate Estonia responsible for the Electrolyzer, compressor and storage; 2G Spain responsible for H2 CHP; ICoRSA Ireland Dissemination and Communication and Public engagement; CMS Spain for Gran Canaria Public engagement; EMEC UK Orkney Islands for experience in H2 distribution networks, business models and technoeconomics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain Canary Health Service; Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society of the Canary Islands Government (ACIISI); SPLP Ukraine H2 experts in electrolyser research.

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H2Heat’s Adventure Starts Now: The First Meeting on Gran Canaria
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On the horizon, a significant event is set to unfold—the H2Heat project kick-off meeting, scheduled for the 27th of September. This three-day event promises to mark the beginning of a journey towards a sustainable energy future. With 11 project partners forming a consortium, the H2Heat project aims to make a lasting impact on the energy landscape.

The 11-Partners Project

At the heart of the H2Heat project are 11 project partners, united by a shared vision for a greener, more sustainable future. This consortium, comprising experts from various fields, will collaborate closely to bring innovative solutions to the forefront of sustainable energy.

The Power of Connectivity: Zooming into the Meeting

In the age of digital connectivity, the H2Heat kick-off meeting is set to harness the power of the internet. Held live via Zoom with Link, this meeting will be accessible to anyone interested in the project’s mission.

Unveiling Work Packages: Responsibilities in Focus

One of the highlights of the kick-off meeting will be the presentation of Work Packages by each partner. These Work Packages serve as the blueprints for the project’s success, outlining each partner’s unique responsibilities and contributions. This transparency ensures that everyone is on the same page, fostering collaboration and synergy among the partners.

Timing is Everything

The kick-off meeting will adhere to the Western European Summer Time (WEST) timezone, commencing at 09:30 and concluding at 18:30. This well-structured schedule ensures that every minute of the three-day event is utilized efficiently, as the project partners embark on this transformative journey.


At its core, the H2Heat project carries a grand ambition. Boasting a budget of 13 million euros, of which a substantial 10 million euros is generously provided by the European Union, and spanning a duration of five years, its overarching goal is to demonstrate the entire value chain of green hydrogen (H2) utilization for heating purposes within commercial buildings. These structures collectively account for 40% of the total energy consumption and a significant 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the European Union. Remarkably, a staggering 79% of this energy demand is attributed to water heating and air conditioning.

The H2Heat project, officially titled “Innovative Production of Renewable Energy Vectors for Heating from Renewable Energy” introduces several pioneering elements. These include the production of highly combustible hydrogen through an innovative 1MW electrolyzer that utilizes marine renewable energy sources. Additionally, the project combines advanced combustion technology in the form of a hydrogen-operated Combined Heat and Power (CHP) burner, as well as a heat pump. These innovative components are complemented by a robust infrastructure designed to transport hydrogen from the production facility to the end-user.

The source of renewable energy for this endeavour will be Esteyco’s offshore wind turbine. The electrolyzer will find its home at EMALSA’s facilities in Jinámar, while the CHP burner and heat pump will be stationed at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

Zero Net Emissions Health Strategy

In a significant stride towards sustainability, H2HEAT collaborates closely with the Canary Health Service (SCS) to create a comprehensive demonstration of green hydrogen for heating and subsequent energy applications. This demonstration model will serve as a blueprint for all SCS hospitals, enabling the fulfillment of the “Zero Net Emissions Health Strategy.” This strategy entails a profound decarbonization effort, positioning the project as a trailblazer in shaping a “Hydrogen Valley” concept on the island of Gran Canaria, with future expansion plans encompassing the entire archipelago.

The collaborative expertise within the consortium ensures the efficient realization of the project’s technical objectives. It aims to substantially reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers and develop scalable business models for extensive commercial utilization of hydrogen as a primary heating alternative in Gran Canaria.

The esteemed partners comprising the H2Heat project consortium are as follows: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain, specialising in fixed and floating wind turbine technology; Neodyne Ireland, responsible for electrical engineering and EMS control; Stargate Estonia, overseeing the electrolyzer, compressor, and storage; 2G Spain, in charge of H2 CHP technology; ICoRSA Ireland, contributing to Dissemination and Communication, as well as Public Engagement; CMS Spain, leading public engagement efforts in Gran Canaria; EMEC UK (Orkney Islands), providing invaluable experience in H2 distribution networks, business models, and techno-economics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain, representing the Canary Health Service; Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation, and Information Society of the Canary Islands Government (ACIISI); and SPLP Ukraine, renowned H2 experts specialising in electrolyzer research.

With global access via Zoom, a stunning location, and meticulous planning, this event has all the elements to set the stage for a brighter, cleaner energy future. Stay tuned for updates as the H2Heat project unfolds and leads the charge towards a greener world via our X (f.k.a. Twitter) and LinkedIn.

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Your Guide to the H2Heat Project. #Now is the time
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The H2HEAT project is driven by a comprehensive vision: to showcase the entire green hydrogen (H2) production value chain and its application in supplying heat to commercial buildings. Collaborating closely with the Canary Island Health Service (SCS), H2HEAT has entered into a partnership agreement with PLOCAN, the project coordinator. This groundbreaking collaboration aims to foster the generation of renewable energy (RE), the production of green hydrogen, and its integration into the SCS hospital facilities across the Canary Islands.

The H2HEAT project is set to become a replicable model that can be implemented across all SCS hospitals, aligning seamlessly with the SCS’s far-reaching ‘Health Zer0 net Emissions Strategy 2030’ (Zer0 Emissions Strategy). By doing so, the project will play a pivotal role in driving deep decarbonisation within the healthcare sector.

The Plan

H2 production will be revolutionized through the utilization of Stargate‘s cutting-edge 1MW electrolyzer, effectively replacing traditional fuels at a significant scale within the Canary Island Health Service (SCS) hospital—an institution with substantial heating requirements. Notably, Stargate is pioneering the development of novel ceramics-based electrode materials, ensuring high efficiency at a remarkably low cost.

Partnering with the global H2-CHP technology pioneer, 2G, H2HEAT will employ an advanced 100% hydrogen-powered cogeneration (H2-CHP) system to provide heating for the University Maternal and Children’s Island Hospital (CHUIMI). This deployment promises to showcase substantial advancements in H2-CHP technology.

Taking innovation a step further, 2G will integrate a heat pump with their H2-CHP system, harnessing the energy produced by the H2-CHP to significantly bolster the hospital’s heat supply. This integrated H2-CHP configuration represents a pioneering feature in the field.

H2HEAT will tap into offshore renewable energy sources supplied by Esteyco turbines, sourced from the EU-funded ELICA and WHEEL projects.

Esteyco’s WHEEL project

The project will also introduce a range of digital innovations, including a comprehensive control system for H2 production and a sophisticated energy management system (EMS), demand management system (DMS), and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system.

Recognizing the value in waste reduction, H2HEAT will ensure the optimal use of the valuable oxygen (O2) by-product, minimizing any wastage.


To facilitate these groundbreaking innovations, H2HEAT will establish a dedicated centralized facility, meticulously planning, installing, and commissioning the full end-to-end infrastructure for H2/O2 production, transport, and utilization. This holistic approach promises to redefine the landscape of green hydrogen production and its applications.

Establishing the complete hydrogen (H2) production at the PLOCAN site holds immense significance for the economies and environments of island hydrogen valleys. This setup will be implemented using a containerized model, ensuring simplicity in replication and scalability.

Leveraging local offshore wind renewable energy (OSW RE) for H2 production, along with storage and onshore infrastructure for heating and oxygen (O2), will enhance Gran Canaria’s self-sufficiency while reducing the island’s reliance on the mainland.

Synergy

The Stargate electrolyser will serve as a demonstration platform, showcasing the remarkable efficiency and cost-effectiveness of ceramics-based electrodes within its electrolysis process.

The 2G Combined Heat and Power (CHP) unit represents a pioneering achievement as the first 100% H2-capable unit, boasting stable efficiency and adaptability to various gas quality requirements.

The centralised H2 facility offers a practical alternative to the current consideration of placing solar PV on limited rooftop spaces within the commercial sector and industries.

Harnessing offshore wind energy optimizes the island’s valuable space, particularly crucial for its thriving tourism industry.

By establishing a fully interactive Quality of Health (QH) platform, the local community will not only become informed about the project and the European H2 initiative but will actively participate throughout its duration. This approach positions H2HEAT as a catalyst for accelerating the adoption of H2 in Gran Canaria’s power and heating sectors.

The strategic planning for exploitation will directly involve the Canary Island Health Service (SCS), hotels, and other major heat and energy consumers, along with the entire supply chain and the investment community. Consequently, H2HEAT partners are committed to ensuring sustainability beyond the project’s lifespan, fostering genuine traction and momentum in the adoption of green H2 for heating.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Ocean: PLOCAN’s Digital Ecosystem Revolution
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The mysteries of the ocean have captivated humanity for centuries. Its vast depths hold countless secrets waiting to be discovered and understood. Thanks to the advancements in technology and the tireless efforts of organizations like PLOCAN (Plataforma Oceánica de Canarias), we are now witnessing a revolution in ocean exploration through the development of a digital ecosystem.

PLOCAN’s commitment to marine research and innovation has led them to create a cutting-edge digital ecosystem that is transforming our understanding of the ocean. By harnessing the power of technology, PLOCAN is unlocking new possibilities for scientific discovery and sustainable resource management.

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PLOCAN lead coordinator of the H2Heat project

The H2Heat project will be using PLOCAN’s ocean platform in order to install Esteyco’s 1MW wind turbine. The H2HEAT Coordinator will bring the experience from four EU projects that PLOCAN also coordinates, some of them being GRRIP, OPUS and SECURE.

PLOCAN has set aside land near Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for the H2HEAT project’s H2 facility. Resource surveys will include access to historic records of wind, solar, and bathometric surveys (future involvement of solar and wave). Measurements will be completed to correlate predictions for location accuracy. Further steps include examining the lack of correlation between the energy supplies, use of the latest models for forecasting wind and solar, paying specific attention to variations throughout the year. The data will allow simulation of current and future energy demand.

This section will delve into the remarkable achievements made possible by PLOCAN’s digital ecosystem. We will explore how this innovative platform is revolutionizing marine research and paving the way for exciting new discoveries. From underwater robotics to real-time data analysis, PLOCAN’s digital ecosystem is at the forefront of technological advancements that are shaping our understanding of the world beneath the waves.

Join us as we dive deep into PLOCAN‘s groundbreaking work and uncover how their digital ecosystem is unraveling the secrets of the ocean, opening up new avenues for exploration, conservation, and sustainable development.

In a world increasingly focused on understanding and preserving our natural environment, technology has taken center stage in the quest to explore the depths of the ocean. PLOCAN, a pioneer in this field, has created a groundbreaking digital ecosystem spanning 24 square kilometers of sensorized ocean floor. This unique system provides unparalleled access to the wonders of the deep, allowing researchers and scientists from around the globe to unlock the mysteries of marine behavior and environments.

PLOCAN

Beneath the Waves: A World of Sensors

The heart of PLOCAN’s innovation lies beneath the ocean’s surface, where electrical infrastructures and a network of sensors have been meticulously installed. These sensors offer real-time insights into marine life and conditions, creating a digital window into the underwater world. Submarine cables connect this sensory wonderland, ensuring a continuous flow of data that enriches our understanding of the ocean’s complex ecosystem.

Above and Beyond: Aerial Surveillance

But PLOCAN’s reach extends far beyond the ocean floor. In the skies above, aerial drones and satellites work in harmony to capture high-resolution images and data. These cutting-edge technologies provide vital information about ocean trends and relationships, including currents, waves, and temperature fluctuations. This aerial perspective is essential for comprehensive marine research.


A Magnet for Talent

PLOCAN’s mission is not just about technology; it’s also about attracting top talent in the fields of business and science. Collaborations with European data banks, businesses, scientists, and universities have become the norm. Each new partnership brings fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the table, helping PLOCAN adapt to the evolving needs of its projects.

Solutions for a Sustainable Future

The projects stemming from PLOCAN’s collaborations span a wide range of areas crucial to ocean sustainability. These include autonomous navigation, aquaculture, security, energy extraction, and environmental management. By addressing these diverse challenges, PLOCAN is actively contributing to a more sustainable ocean economy.

Expanding Knowledge Horizons

PLOCAN’s partnerships extend to numerous universities and research centers, expanding our collective knowledge of the ocean and its ecosystems. One such initiative is the creation of a digital twin of the ocean. This ambitious project aims to represent oceanic changes accurately through dynamic visualizations and scientific insights. It offers a valuable tool for understanding and predicting ocean behavior.

Tech Oceans: A Cross-European Collaboration

Tech Oceans is another exemplary project, uniting European efforts to develop new in-situ sensing, imaging, and autonomous sampling technologies. These innovations promise a deeper understanding of the chemistry and biology of our oceans. PLOCAN’s test site, ocean observatory, and fleet of autonomous marine vehicles play pivotal roles in gathering vital data on ocean biochemistry, biology, and ecosystems that were previously inaccessible.

In an era where preserving our oceans is not just a goal but a necessity, the organisation’s pioneering efforts in technology and collaboration shine as a beacon of hope. With each innovation and partnership, they move closer to unlocking the secrets of the ocean, fostering a sustainable future for our planet’s most mysterious and vital ecosystem.

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