Normandy is partnering with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Aragon (Spain) and the Northern Netherlands in a partnership focused on hydrogen. Objective: to be more visible and obtain funding.
Hubert Dejean de la Bâtie, Vice-President of the Normandy Region in charge of the environment, the sea, the coastline and the energy, went to the international conference on electromobility “EVS 32” of Lyon , Wednesday 22 May, for the launch of the European interregional partnership on hydrogen valleys (“European Hydrogen Valleys Partnership”) that Normandy coordinates with three partner Regions: Auvergne Rhône Alpes, Aragon and the Netherlands of the North.
Recently validated by the European Commission, this partnership has several objectives:
1) Improve the visibility of Normandy and other member regions to the European Commission in support of the hydrogen and fuel cell sector;
2) Facilitate the obtaining of European funding for the actors of the territory by helping to set up collaborative projects and influence the content of future calls for European projects;
3) Share good practices and bring back to the European Commission common issues.
This partnership will be implemented within the framework of the European Platform for Industrial Modernization, which aims to facilitate the networking of European Regions with complementary economic development priorities. As such, he will receive the support of a team of consultants funded by the European Commission for the implementation of his actions.
The European interregional partnership on hydrogen valleys will now be open to all European regions wishing to work together to set up joint projects. The next “technical” meeting of the partnership is scheduled for 25 June 2019 in Brussels. Thirty or so regions should be represented.
“Hydrogen is a key link in the energy transition. It is an energy carrier with high potential that is at the same time a challenge for economic development and sustainable development of territories. Normandy has many assets to develop a dynamic hydrogen sector. Thanks to the EAS-HyMob program and the implementation of a network of charging stations and hydrogen vehicles throughout the region, it holds a leading position on mobility aspects “, said Hubert Dejean de La Bâtie, Vice President of the Normandy Region in charge of the environment, the coastline, the sea, the energy transition and the circular economy.