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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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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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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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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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Hydrogen is one of these alternatives that, when added to Combined Heating and Power (CHP) systems, is poised to revolutionize the industry. The search for higher energy efficiency and lower carbon emissions has produced creative solutions in the field of industrial heating. This article explores the role of hydrogen in CHP, emphasising how this combination can transform industrial heating while supporting sustainability objectives and environmental responsibility.

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The Role of CHP in Industrial Heating

Combined Heat and Power systems, often referred to as CHP or “cogeneration”, have long been employed in industrial settings. These systems generate electricity and capture and utilize waste heat that would typically go unused in conventional power generation. This simultaneous production of electricity and useful thermal energy makes CHP highly efficient and cost-effective.

The Hydrogen Advantage

Hydrogen, known for its clean-burning properties, aligns seamlessly with the principles of CHP. When hydrogen is used as the primary fuel source in CHP systems, several advantages come to the forefront

Enhanced Efficiency

Hydrogen’s high energy density ensures efficient energy conversion in CHP systems. Its combustion releases a significant amount of energy, maximizing electricity and heat generation per unit of fuel.

Reduced Emissions

Hydrogen combustion produces only water vapor as a byproduct, making it a clean and low-emission fuel. Integrating hydrogen into CHP systems helps industrial facilities significantly reduce their carbon footprint. The system will be used in the H2Heat project for powering and heating the Healthcare industry on the Gran Canary islands.

Flexible Applications

Hydrogen-powered CHP systems are versatile and can be tailored to meet specific industrial heating needs. They can provide both electricity and heat, making them suitable for diverse applications, from manufacturing to district heating.

Grid Support

Hydrogen-powered CHP systems can operate in grid-connected or off-grid configurations. This flexibility allows industries to support the grid during peak demand periods or operate independently when needed.

Energy Resilience

The ability to produce electricity and heat simultaneously enhances energy resilience for industrial facilities. In the event of grid disruptions, these systems can continue to provide essential energy services.

Challenges and Solutions

While the integration of hydrogen into CHP systems offers numerous benefits, there are challenges to overcome:

Hydrogen Production

To get the greatest possible environmental benefits, green hydrogen that is produced from renewable energy sources must be sourced. The goal of ongoing improvements in hydrogen generation techniques is to increase the availability and affordability of green hydrogen.

Infrastructure Development

Building the infrastructure for hydrogen storage, transportation, and distribution is a crucial step in realizing the full potential of hydrogen-powered CHP. Public and private investment is driving the expansion of this infrastructure.

Infrastructure Development

Adapting existing CHP systems or designing new ones to accommodate hydrogen fuel requires engineering expertise. Collaborative efforts between industry and research institutions are driving innovation in this space.

A Sustainable Future for Industrial Heating

Hydrogen’s integration into Combined Heating and Power (CHP) systems represents a significant step toward sustainable and efficient industrial heating. It not only enhances energy efficiency but also contributes to a reduction in carbon emissions, aligning with global sustainability goals and environmental responsibility. As advancements continue in hydrogen production, infrastructure development, and technology integration, the marriage of hydrogen and CHP holds the promise of a cleaner, more resilient future for industrial heating and power applications. This game-changing synergy paves the way for industries to embrace a greener and more sustainable path forward.

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This is how the EU fights for a Sustainable Future
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In a world grappling with the dire consequences of climate change, the European Union (EU) has set an ambitious and inspiring target: to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. This commitment reflects the EU’s dedication to leading the charge in mitigating climate change, fostering sustainable development, and ensuring a brighter future for generations to come. In this blog, we’ll explore the EU’s net-zero emissions goal, its significance, and the strategies it is employing to make it a reality.

Understanding Net-Zero Emissions

Net-zero emissions, often referred to as carbon neutrality, mean that a region or entity is balancing the amount of greenhouse gases it emits with an equivalent amount removed from the atmosphere. Achieving net-zero emissions doesn’t imply eliminating all emissions; instead, it involves reducing emissions as much as possible and offsetting the remaining emissions through various means, such as carbon capture and removal technologies or reforestation projects.

The Urgency of the Climate Crisis

The EU’s commitment to net-zero emissions comes at a critical time. The impacts of climate change, including extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and disruptions to ecosystems, are already being felt worldwide. Urgent action is required to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, as outlined in the Paris Agreement. Net-zero emissions by 2050 is a crucial milestone in achieving this goal.

The EU’s Leadership Role

The EU has long been at the forefront of international efforts to combat climate change. Its Green Deal, announced in December 2019, lays out a comprehensive plan to make the EU the world’s first climate-neutral continent. The net-zero emissions goal is a cornerstone of this initiative, demonstrating the EU’s leadership in environmental stewardship.

Strategies for Achieving Net-Zero Emissions

Energy Efficiency

Improving energy efficiency in industries, buildings, and transportation is a key strategy. This includes renovating buildings to be more energy-efficient, promoting electric vehicles, and implementing stringent energy efficiency standards.

Transition to Renewable Energy

The EU is investing heavily in renewable energy sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. These sources provide clean and sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, reducing emissions from the energy sector.

Carbon Pricing

The EU has implemented a carbon pricing mechanism through its Emissions Trading System (ETS). This incentivizes industries to reduce emissions and invest in cleaner technologies.

Reforestation and Land Use

The EU is committed to preserving and restoring forests and adopting sustainable agricultural practices. Forests act as carbon sinks, helping to offset emissions.

Innovation and Research

The EU is funding research and innovation in green technologies and solutions, ensuring the development of cutting-edge tools to reduce emissions. Just Transition: Recognizing the need for a fair transition, the EU is working to support regions and industries heavily reliant on fossil fuels in their shift toward sustainable alternatives.

Challenges and Obstacles

The journey to net-zero emissions is not without challenges. It requires significant investments, changes in behavior, and overcoming political hurdles. Industries with high emissions, such as heavy manufacturing and aviation, face particular difficulties in transitioning to low-carbon alternatives. The clock is ticking, and the EU’s determination to reach net-zero emissions is a crucial step toward preserving our planet for future generations.

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Why H2?
What is H2 and why is it important?
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The universe’s most abundant element is also one of the simplest: hydrogen gas, often represented as H2. This molecule consists of just two hydrogen atoms bonded together but holds incredible promise for shaping our future, especially when it comes to clean energy and various applications. 

What is Hydrogen Gas? Hydrogen gas is the lightest element in existence and is made up of two hydrogen atoms joined together. It’s a colourless, odourless, and tasteless gas that can easily rise and mix with air.

Why is Hydrogen Important?

Hydrogen has a range of qualities that make it both intriguing and useful:

  • Clean Combustion: When hydrogen meets oxygen, it burns with a pale blue flame, producing nothing but water vapour as a byproduct. This makes H2 a clean option for converting to heat.
  • Versatile Reactivity: Hydrogen can react with a variety of elements, forming compounds that find applications in industries like fertilisers, petroleum refining, and even food processing.
  • Energy Carrier: While not a direct energy source like sunlight or wind, hydrogen can carry energy. This means it can be produced from other energy sources and used in fuel cells to create electricity, or in combustion to generate heat.
  • Rocket Power: Hydrogen has been used as a propellant in rockets due to its energy content and clean burn, propelling space exploration.

Hydrogen for a Better Environment

One of the most exciting aspects of hydrogen gas is its potential to revolutionise our efforts toward sustainability and a cleaner planet:

  • Reduced Emissions: When produced using renewable energy sources, hydrogen becomes a low-emission fuel option. Unlike fossil fuels that emit harmful carbon dioxide, hydrogen combustion only releases water vapour.
  • Industrial Innovation: Industries like manufacturing, where heat is essential, can use hydrogen to lower their carbon footprint and environmental impact.
  • Energy Storage: Excess energy from renewable sources can be used to produce hydrogen, which can then be stored. This helps balance energy demand and supply, ensuring we make the most of sustainable resources.

How H2 converts to heat?

  1. Mixing: First, you need to mix hydrogen gas (H2) and oxygen gas (O2) together. Typically, this happens in the air, where there’s always some oxygen available.
  2. Ignition: To initiate the reaction, you introduce a source of heat or a spark. This can come from a flame, a spark plug in an engine, or some other ignition source.
  3. Combustion: When the hydrogen and oxygen mix and are exposed to heat, they react chemically. The hydrogen atoms combine with oxygen atoms to form water vapor (H2O). Reaction: 2H2 (hydrogen) + O2 (oxygen) -> 2H2O (water vapor)
  4. Heat Release: This chemical reaction is highly exothermic, meaning it releases a large amount of energy in the form of heat.
  5. Utilization: The heat generated can be harnessed for various purposes, such as heating water, producing steam, or driving engines. In many applications, this heat energy is converted into mechanical work or used for heating spaces.

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H2Heat Pioneering Green Hydrogen for Sustainable Heating Solutions
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The H2Heat project, which aims to showcase the potential of converting green hydrogen (H2) for sustainable heating solutions, has started its first phase. 

The H2HEAT project, starting in September is set to revolutionise the way we generate and utilise energy by converting heat into the commercial building’s heating and hot water systems, for example in one of the hospitals in Gran Canaria. This may reduce CO2 emissions by over fifty percent, significantly contributing to their sustainability goals. As the Canary Islands embrace locally-produced H2 from renewable energy sources, H2Heat’s impact is present throughout the regional economy.

The core of the project lies in the strategic partnership between the Canary Island Health Service (SCS) and coordinator PLOCAN. This alliance lays the groundwork for the entire project, driven by a shared commitment to renewable energy generation and hospital facility decarbonisation. Aligned with the ambitious  ‘Health Zer0 net Emissions Strategy 2030’ of the Government of Canary Islands, this collaboration holds the potential to reshape energy practices within the healthcare sector. The H2Heat extends its reach as a contributor to the green H2 supply and value chains, by creating transformative innovations. Project consortium of 11 partners bring diverse expertise, ensure realisation of technical goals, reduce the total cost of ownership for consumers, and create replicable business models.

Beyond the tech: Engaging Stakeholders

As awareness is pivotal for success for any organisation, H2Heat takes a comprehensive approach. Industry, research, government, civil society and investors – aim to foster collaboration and co-creation. As the curtains rise on the H2Heats project’s kick-off, the promise of a greener, sustainable future takes centre stage. Through collaboration, innovation and strategic alignment, H2Heat stands as a testament for the capacity to reshape the energy landscape for the better.

Challenges

Experience from past EU funded initiatives show that technological challenges are often not the primary concert when it comes to adopting green hydrogen (H2), in particular for heating and energy applications. 

Instead, a lack of awareness among essential stakeholders poses a greater challenge. By identifying opportunities, fostering collaboration and understanding strategies required for large scale implementation can be challenging by the awareness gap.

With full recognition of the challenges, H2HEAT is strategically focused on engaging on the “Quadruple Helix of stakeholder” which encompass investors, civil societies, research institutions, governments and industry experts. By fostering collaboration, H2HEAT aims to bridge the gap between potential and realisation – ensuring the project’s impact on sustainability and green energy globally.

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