Our present-day energy supply is based on the main use of fossil fuels such as oil or natural gas. Their use is however filled with immense disadvantages, as the costs for environmental and climate or the dependency of global commodity markets and price developments, and show the need to rethink. However, a supply structure based on fossil energy benefits from advanced technical possibilities of use, as well as a well-developed infrastructure that provides simple and local access to oil and gas. These two reasons are on hand to ensure that alternatives result so far in a niche.
One of these alternatives is hydrogen. Hydrogen offers a range of economic and environmental benefits, for example, through a low-emission consumption and the quality of hydrogen for storage the generated renewable energy, compared to conventional (fossil) fuels. The technological possibilities for its use with fuel cells, to gain heat and to power vehicles, are already available. But the need to catch up is still prevailing regarding to the creation of the necessary infrastructure and the availability of the required technologies in everyday life.
To opening up the North Sea area for the use of hydrogen technology, the European Institute for innovation (EIfI) e.V. has become merged with seven other partners. For the period of June 2012 to June 2015 the promotion and the use of hydrogen technologies were pursued in the project Hydrogen Transportation Economy for the North Sea Region (HyTrEc).
European Institute for Innovation
Gateshead College, UK
Green Network, Denmark
SP Technical Research Insitut of Sweden
Narvik University College, Norway
Aberdeen City Council, UK
Interreg IVB North Sea Region Programme