The Board of Trustees of the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon has received new additions and already brings together 89 companies, research centers and entities related to the deployment of this technology, which has a leading role in the decarbonisation of the economy and society.
This has been explained by the Department of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon in a press release, in which it has detailed that the five companies that have joined the foundation are Grupo Chemik, Corporación Alimentaria Guissona (bonÀrea), Harbor Energy Investment (EnerHi), Salix Energías Renovables SL, Química del Cinca (QCINCA) and Grupo Térvalis.
His accession was approved at the meeting held by the Foundation’s Board of Trustees chaired by the Vice President of the Government of Aragon and Minister of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development, Arturo Aliaga.
The session also served to deliver to the members of the Board of Trustees the Master Plan for Hydrogen in Aragon 2021-2025, the fourth Plan that the Foundation has and a key document to continue identifying opportunities in the development of hydrogen technologies in the community autonomous.
The Aragón Hydrogen Foundation is the largest in Europe in terms of the number of patrons and is recognized in the EU “for its scientific, technological and industrial quality”, the aforementioned sources pointed out.
At the meeting, the action plan for this year was also presented and information was given on the 29 projects and ongoing research , as well as contacts to promote professional training studies linked to the development of hydrogen technology.
The vice president has claimed that Aragón “has the scientific and technological quality to produce hydrogen in an absolutely specialized way” and “here we are already working to channel the surpluses to apply to the vehicle, use in transport, as in the so-called hydrogen train, for the production of fertilizers and, through renewables, for use in gas networks”.
In his opinion, “they are all ambitious projects closely followed throughout Europe”, in the face of a technology “that has exploded” so it is time “to define adequate investments and to strive not to be left out in a race marked by a moment of transformation and in which hydrogen is going to be the central axis. A range of spectacular industrial possibilities opens up”, said Aliaga.
The foundation, whose human team is made up of 30 people who work at the headquarters of the Walqa Technology Park in Huesca, is currently experiencing a moment of great activity, as it works simultaneously on more than 25 international and national projects promoted by different institutions such as the European Commission or the ministries of the Government of Spain.
Among them, stands out the one that coordinates with the Technological Institute of Aragon, together with the Ministry of Science and Innovation, the CSIC and seven other autonomous communities, to investigate green energy and hydrogen applied to the decarbonization of heavy transport, with a global budget of 89 million euros, of which five are intended for research carried out in the Aragonese community.
To these must be added the agreements that it maintains with third parties and that lead it, for example, to participate in an important study on the production, logistics and demand for green hydrogen in Spain in a horizon of high penetration of renewable energies during the next 30 years or to promote together with Spanish universities and Vocational Training centers the first interuniversity master’s degree on hydrogen that is taught in our country from this academic year.
The foundation, which is prepared to advise all business initiatives that may have a place in the Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) of Renewable Energies, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage promoted by the Government of Spain within the Recovery Plan, Transformation and Resilience, participated last year in more than 12 national and international dissemination forums related to hydrogen and has important similar appointments on the horizon for 2022.
Among them, the European Conference on Hydrogen EHEC 2022, which will take place in May in Madrid or the RENMAD 2022 congress that will be held on February 23 and 24 in Zaragoza.
Precisely, in relation to the PERTE of hydrogen, Aliaga has stressed that it represents “a great hope that materializes in the number of letters of support and adhesion that have been signed with companies that are going to present projects to this project of a strategic nature. The commitment of the Government of Aragon, explained Aliaga, translates into actions and, above all, into investments, which is why this year we are allocating one million euros to the Foundation”.
The Crown Hall of the Government of Aragon has also been the scene of the award ceremony for the second edition of the Aragón Hydrogen Foundation Awards promoted by the entity.
The 2021 Redexis Foundation-Aragón Hydrogen Foundation Award for the best Doctoral Thesis has gone to Guillermo Matute Gómez, for his work ‘Technical and economic model of an electrolyser for the production of hydrogen as an energy vector’, whose co-directors have been José María Yusta Loyo, full professor of the Department of Electrical Engineering of the School of Engineering and Architecture of the University of Zaragoza, and Luis Carlos Correas Usón, managing director of the Walqa Technology Park.
For its part, the 2021 IDOM-Aragón Hydrogen Foundation Award for the best Master’s Thesis has been awarded to Pelayo Menéndez Rodríguez for his ‘Study and model of the hydrogen and SAF production chains in future sustainable aviation’, whose tutor has been Antonio López Lázaro, associate professor of the Degree in Aerospace Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.
In addition, the 2021 Vea Global-Aragón Hydrogen Foundation Award for the best Master’s Thesis has been awarded to Agata Sara Horwacik, for her work ‘Technological and economic evaluation of hydrogen energy conversion systems based on gas turbines’. Her supervisors have been Professor Edgar Caetano Fernandes and Doctor Rui Pedro da Costa Neto, from the Higher Technical Institute, Technical University of Lisbon.
Finally, the 2021 Ercros-Aragón Hydrogen Foundation Award for the best Final Degree Project went to Elena Barrio, for her work ‘Design and optimization of electrodes for a co-ionic membrane reactor’, whose tutors were Laura Almar Liante, from the Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC), and Benjamín Eduardo Solsona Espriu, from the University of Valencia.