Associate professor Evrim Ursavas has received funding by the EU for a new project on the development of a hydrogen market in Greece. The project is called TRIĒRĒS Valley and its main objective is to activate the development of a hydrogen market in Greece, by demonstrating how the various pillars of hydrogen fit together and can be integrated.
TRIĒRĒS Valley will not only be the first hydrogen valley in Greece, but also the first in the broader region of the Balkans. Thus, TRIĒRĒS Valley will form a tight bond from its birth with other hydrogen valleys, both mature and under development. Specifically, TRIĒRĒS Valley will have close links to the more advanced HEAVENN Valley in the Northern Netherlands where Ursavas and colleagues lead the academic studies.
The project will facilitate information sharing between both hydrogen valleys, hereby elevating the energy market of the Balkans regions, of South Eastern Europe and the wider area of the Eastern Mediterranean. More than € 10 million in European funds will enable international 27 project partners to take on this ambitious challenge. The project partners range from oil companies, refineries and transport companies to municipalities and universities, in Greece, elsewhere in Europe and in the Middle East.
Ursavas will be leading the logistics activities in TRIĒRĒS Valley. For this, the associate professor and colleagues have received € 352,000. Ursavas: “Our aim is to ensure that the logistics of the hydrogen within the eco-system is accurately planned, designed, and implemented under different scenarios considering the growth patterns per sector over the years. In the design and evaluation of the supply chain configurations, the integration and the coupling of different sectors will be taken into account, to ultimately achieve overall system efficiency.” These plans will encompass the complete value chain to overcome challenges such as misbalances in supply with renewable integration and uncertainty in demand.
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