Second Roundtable of the BASREHRT project took place on the 28th of April 2022. It was also organized via web. The TEAMS session consisted of two parts; it started with a 90 minutes discussion by four experts in hydrogen and energetics sectors and followed by switching over to participate in the international off-shore wind energy event, hybrid conference WindWorks. Rethinking Energy in Riga­. Off-shore wind-based electricity generation is seen as one major source of renewable energy giving also a good basis for green hydrogen production. Off-shore wind potential has been the topic of the first roundtable in Estonia. This time the scope has widened to collaboration between Estonia and Latvia, two partners in the frame of cooperation project BASREHRT.

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Swedish Hydrogen Association Vätgas Sverige, Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies – EAHT and Latvian Hydrogen Association built up the first Round Table in the frame of BASREHRT project granted by the Swedish Institute on the 9th of February. Björn Aronson, the managing director of Vätgas Sverige opened the common TEAMS session with an introduction about the project’s general idea and principles of involving major actors in three countries around the Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Experts Roundtable is devoted to initiating a common platform to work with top-level, highly qualified experts in the field of renewable energy sources and hydrogen. The work is aimed towards climate mitigation via decarbonisation of the economies by introducing innovative technologies,efficient energy carrier, hydrogen, and building common infrastructure for wider deployment of wind and solar energy.

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Kokkuvõte 9.02. Ümarlauast

Projekti BASREHRT arutelud

Projekti BASREHRT raames toimus 1. Ümarlaud 9.veebruaril veebipõhiselt. Esimene tund toimus TEAMS’ vahendusel kolme riigi projektipartnerite ja kutsutud osaliste vahel, mille juhatas sisse Rootsi vesinikuühingu tegevjuht Björn Aronson.  Ta tutvustas Rootsi Instituudi nn seemneraha granti toel käivitatud koostööprojekti Läänemere riikide vesinikumajanduse edendamiseks ning kaasatud ekspertide omavahelise suhtlemise ning koostöö  platvormi loomiseks.

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Kolme riigi, Rootsi, Eesti ja Läti vesinikuühingute ühisel ettevõtmisel käivitati taastuvenergia ja vesiniku valdkonna peamiste tegijate ühendamiseks koostöö projekt BASREHRT – ingl Baltic Sea Renewable Energy and Hydrogen Experts Roundtable. Selle eesmärgiks on luua taastuvenergia ja vesiniku eri sektorite ühendamiseks rahvusvaheline koostöö platvorm, ühendada sama ala tegijad tegusaks ühistegevuseks.

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Cooperation project BASREHRT

The plan to reach carbon neutrality or at least to move towards the significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 has been accepted in most of European countries around. Hydrogen has its’ certain role to play in achieving this quite an ambitious goal. Constituent step-wise transfer from fossil fuels to carbon free renewable energy sources like wind, solar, hydro, biomass, is no doubt, one of the most significant alternatives on the road to economy with smaller carbon content. The states around the Baltic Sea highly prioritize this alternative in climate mitigation and emphasize on wider deployment of green hydrogen as an efficient energy carrier worked out from renewable energy sources.

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Avang Vesinikuaastale

Sander Ratso tugev avang Vesinikuaastale

14. jaanuaril 2021 kaitses Sander Ratso Tartu Ülikooli Keemia Instituudis keemia erialal oma inglisekeelset doktoriväitekirja kütuseelemendi kalleid metalle asendavate materjalide uurimist käsitleval teemal „Hapniku elektro-katalüütiline redutseerumine mitte-väärismetallist katalüsaatoritel“(ingl „Electrocatalysis of oxygen reduction on non-precious metal catalysts“).  Tema juhendajateks olid dr. Kaido Tammeveski, Tartu Ülikooli Keemia Instituudist ja dr. Ivar Kruusenberg, Keemilise ja Bioloogilise Füüsika Instituudist. Doktoritööd oponeeris külalisena dr. Juan Herranz kuulsast Paul Scherreri Instituudist Šveitsis.

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Nordic Open Creative Energy Summit

The project NOTS, Nordic Open Creative Energy Summit Innovation Workshop is an inspirational hydrogen oriented learning day aimed at spreading over latest news and information on hydrogen and fuel cells applications. Also, creating new contacts and networks, but above all, an opportunity to allow people from different sectors and backgrounds to meet and challenge the established methods and approaches for innovation and development.

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Vesiniku õpituba

Eesti Vesinikuühing korraldas oktoobrikuu eelviimasel päeval vesiniku kui efektiivse energiakandja tutvustamise õpitoa Mustamäe Teaduspargis Tehnopol. Rootsi, Läti ja Eesti vesinikuühingute ühisprojekti NOTS, Nordic Open Creative Energy Summit raames tutvustati uusi võimalusi kliimaneutraalsuse saavutamiseks kasvuhoonegaaside heite tõhusa vähendamise kaudu tööstuses, energeetikas, elamute soojamajanduses ja esmajoones auto- ja raudteetranspordi sektorites.

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HyLaw seminar in Brussels

What means the HyLaw?

HyLaw stands for the Hydrogen Law and removal of legal barriers to the deployment of fuel cells and hydrogen applications. HyLaw  is a flagship project aimed at boosting the market uptake of hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. It has received funding from the Fuel Cells and Hydrogen 2 Joint Undertaking (grant agreement No 737 977) and is supported by the European Union Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, Hydrogen Europe and Hydrogen Europe Research. HyLaw is the two-years (01.01.2017 – 31.12.2018) European-wide project including 23 partners and oriented to bring together all national FCH (Fuel Cell & Hydrogen) associations with a common ambition of consolidation this important sector. HyLaw  in fact, has a longer term perspective to set up a FCH National Associations Alliance with the aim to bring all actors in the field under a single unified umbrella.

HyLaw resuming seminar

Seminar with around 45…50 stakeholders took place in Hydrogen Europe office on the 6th of December. The Agenda was impressively tight with the Keynote from Dr Nicolas Brahy, Director of the Hydrogen Europe in cooperation with Mr Francoise De Jong followed by Mr Alexandru Floristean, the Legal & Project Manager presenting the main findings of the project. Most of the presentations are available on HyLaw Online Database. There are also available the numerous presentations from the national workshops held earlier in the Fall. Some of the partners’ companies presentations were also included to HyLaw workshop agenda. Three sessions with following panel discussions and the final conclusions by Mr Jorgo Chatzimarkakis from Hydrogen Europe made the seminar enjoyably informative and comprehensive.

One of the major target of HyLaw project has been compiling the database on legal situation and empasizing on the barriers hindering wider implementation of hydrogen in national economies. Partners worked on compiling the unified comprehensive database to have the comparable results from country to country. By today the database is completed and publicly available.

Conclusions for Estonia

The one-day seminar has been both extremely informing and teaching. The latest news in the HRS’s (Hydrogen Refueling Station) speedy spreading all over the Europe, also, the transport of hydrogen via pipelines. Administrative practices to introduce the legal framework in many economic sectors, also technical solutions in maritime, inland waterbodies, road transport, electricity generation, electrolysis, fuel cells various applications, etc. were included in 13 presentations.

For Estonia it is the ripe moment to take speedy start in HRS and creating the legal framework for hydrogen and fuel cells zero emmission applications. At present it is obviously one of the most efficient way to fight climate warming and move towards carbon-free economy.

During the seminar good contact with the director of Hydrogen Europe Dr Nicholas Brahy and the project coordinator Mr Alexandru Floristean has been established. They very friendly asked the Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies to join the Europe-wide network. This is encouraging offer and our association will accept the invitation with great pleasure. Hopefully Estonia starts to be more seenable, also thanks to signing by our government representative the „The Hydrogen Initiative“ in Linz, Austria this Fall.

It is the most obvious that Estonia has today perfect option to catch the momentum and turn his economic sectors to the path of hydrogen society.