Mr. Minařík, you are the director of
the MS Hydrogen Cluster. Could you
introduce this group to us?
The Moravian-Silesian Hydrogen Cluster
is a group of people and companies
that do business with hydrogen while
also presenting examples of how
this energy source may be used in
everyday life. It more or less provides
an open communication pathway for
the optimisation of all the hydrogen
programs within the region. Hydrogen
has been around for a relatively long
time, however, now the MS region has
begun making use of it commercially
by, for example, implementing it into
electromobility, the decarbonization of
industry and so on. We cannot afford to
miss out on this technology. Hydrogen
is shaping up to be the new commodity
in replacing fossil fuels, as well as a
powerful reaction to increasing energy
demands. Hydrogen can even create
new ways to deliver energy to end-users.
Within the EU, regions that support
and are actively involved in hydrogen
technologies are called hydrogen
valleys. Our Moravian--Silesian hydrogen
valley also handles cooperation from
bordering countries, legislature, logistical
and technological support, sustainable
energy, climate change, and the like.
How would you assess the current state
of hydrogen mobility in our region?
What are the main steps you have
taken to promote this direction? Is
there anything that you are particularly
The cluster was established last autumn,
but the first activities that preceded
this establishment date back to 2018.
A memorandum between the region and
the City of Ostrava outlined the concept
of how to integrate hydrogen into public
transport. The first questions that had to be
dealt with were: where will I get hydrogen,
how much will it cost, when can I get it, etc.
We have the necessary technology, and we
can also design and build it. The cluster was
created to enable the region to manage
this effectively, with the main objective
being the integration of hydrogen into
both regional and urban public transport.
The implementation of these technologies
creates demand for hydrogen mobility,
which drives interest in the production as
well consumption of hydrogen, culminating
in the creation of an entirely new segment
within our economy. Furthermore, by
grasping the potential hydrogen offers,
the region is also moving further towards
decreasing our carbon footprint, which
includes making public transport more
ecological. No other region is as far along
as ours, as regional transport has already
largely switched from diesel to CNG. And
hydrogen should be the next step. This, of
course, requires professional discussion,
including the education of all those who
are to be involved in these projects. That is
one of our tasks.
Without hydrogen, we most likely won't
be able to manage in the future. What
is the main reason for this?
Gone are the days when the Czech
Republic had industry as its main source
of CO2 emissions. Today, the biggest
carbon emitter is transport, and this
needs to be addressed urgently. In the
MS region, it is not just a choice between
battery and hydrogen buses - it is almost
certain that hydrogen will be widely used
in industry here, even more so than in
transport. But even the synergy effect
alone is not negligible, in fact, it is key.
There will be large production capacities,
import capacities and sufficient demand.
Such a concept is not necessary for all
regions, e.g. those with little industry.
There is no significant need.
Hydrogen has been
for a relatively
long time, however, now the
MS region has begun making
use of it commercially by,
for example, implementing
it into electromobility,
of industry and so on.
We consider hydrogen to be green
energy. Will we have enough of it
in the future?
It is gratifying that the region is beginning
to see hydrogen as a strategic opportunity
of differentiating itself from other
regions, as well as a means of securing
the next step in the transformation after the decline of the mining industry.
Ideally, we want green energy and we
need to have enough of it - hydrogen is an
option here. The problem with humanity
is that we are good at dealing with the
tangible, such as fuels, but dealing with
the intangible, such as energy, is currently
a problem. We are not good at managing
and storing electricity. Hydrogen as
an energy carrier can be handled very
comfortably. It can store energy from
How can we prepare the next generations
to continue what we have started?
What they need is quality information to educate themselves and learn from
countries that have up to 30 years of
experience with hydrogen. When I
used to work at British Universities, the
history of their experience was clear:
you have the goal, the curriculum, the
education, the thesis, the PhDs, the
research direction, you have strong
leadership as well as a clear goal:
making use of research in commercial
products. We have people who
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