grey hydrogen in industrial consumption,"
explained Arnošt Gross. The pilot project
will also be used to test and optimise the
technology and to obtain data and insights
for future development.
Hydrogen will play an important role
in the coming years in the so-called
decarbonisation of the world economy
and the Moravian-Silesian Region is
also betting on it. That is why Veolia is
cooperating on the Hydrogen Cluster
platform with the region, VSB - Technical
University of Ostrava and other entities
with the aim of joining the activities
to kick-start the hydrogen economy in
the Moravian-Silesian Region. "The task
of the cluster is to coordinate individual
hydrogen projects in order to create
a coherent hydrogen economy as
a new, highly sophisticated sector of
the economy and transform our industry
into a new modern form. I am pleased
that Veolia is becoming a key player in our
intention to build the first Czech hydrogen
valley and develop the production and use
of hydrogen," said Jakub Unucka, Deputy
Governor of the Moravian-Silesian Region.
Hydrogen for Both Buses and Trains
The Moravian-Silesian Region wants to
deploy almost three hundred hydrogen
buses on selected lines in the region
within seven years and hydrogen trains
are also planned, especially in the section
in the Jeseníky Mountains where
electrification of the lines is not available.
Veolia is currently preparing documentation
for the project in Frýdek-Místek for zoning
and building permits and other necessary
requirements for the investment project.
The actual construction of the 2 MW
electrolyser is expected to take place in
2025 and the start of production is planned
for early 2026.
The VOZARTEK project has received
a grant from the EU Innovation Fund and
has thus become the first hydrogen project
in the Czech Republic to be subsidised
from this fund. "Of course, we are very
pleased, it is an appreciation of our work
on the preparation of the hydrogen
project. We are all learning, there are
just a few references in Central Europe so
far, so I am glad that the willingness and
helpfulness of the permitting authorities is
prevailing," added Arnošt Gross.
Linking hydrogen production with
existing heating technologies, possibly
supplemented by the use of other
renewable sources, has a number of
advantages. Firstly, green hydrogen
can be produced reliably throughout
the year, but it can also provide
the support services needed to balance
fluctuations in the electricity grid. There
is also the advantage that the waste heat
generated from hydrogen production can
be used in a CHP cycle, which will further
improve the efficiency of production.
production with existing
possibly supplemented by
the use of other renewable
sources, has a number of
In the future, Veolia plans to produce
hydrogen in other heating plants, for
example in Krnov, Přerov or Karviná.
The produced hydrogen can be
consumed at hydrogen refuelling stations
or transported by large-capacity transport
for further use. Veolia will work with local
companies, transporters, educational
institutions, as well as cities and regions to
develop these new technologies.
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