Razgrad Municipality has announced a public tender for its latest EU-financed project: development of an investment concept for the setting up of a Hydrogen Industrial Zone, Razgrad Town Hall said.
The conceptual design for the establishment of the zone was approved by the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance in November 2021 and was highly appreciated. Subsequently, the Municipality applied to the European City Facility (EUCF) for an economic analysis and roadmap, and the investment concept development project is funded with a EUR 60,000 grant under the EUCF initiative.
After the public procurement procedure, Razgrad Municipality will be authorized by the European Commission to start looking for investors and apply for actions under the municipality’s Energy Efficiency Programme 2030 worth approximately EUR 34.5 million.
Some of the actions under the programme include construction and commissioning of a 25 MW solar park for municipal needs, construction and commissioning of a 10 MW electrolyser for hydrogen production, using electricity from the solar park to produce pure hydrogen (714 t/a) as defined by the European Union Hydrogen Strategy, and exploration and refurbishment of existing pipelines to inject hydrogen so as to partially replace gas for the industrial zone. Hydrogen can also be supplied compressed for other needs of the industry or the municipality.
Energy savings are estimated at 3,000 GWh per year, and renewable energy production is estimated at 33,000 GWh per year. Building a hydrogen charging station next to the Razgrad – Popovo road is also planned.