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European Commission Allocates Funding for Hydrogen, Carbon Black Project in Croatia
European Commission Allocates Funding for Hydrogen, Carbon Black Project in Croatia

European Commission Allocates Funding for Hydrogen, Carbon Black Project in Croatia

  • 15-Jan-2024 4:52 PM
  • Journalist: Peter Schmidt

E.On Hrvatska has secured funding from the European Commission (EC) for an innovative project centered around the conversion of sewage sludge into hydrogen in Croatia. The transformative initiative, known as the 'sludge-to-hydrogen' (S2H2) project, is designed not only to contribute hydrogen to the local gas grid but also to provide sustainable fuel for hydrogen-powered buses operated by ZET, Zagreb's public transport firm.

Under E.ON's innovative process, the S2H2 project will yield valuable by-products in the form of carbon black and ash. These by-products are intended for use as additives in tire manufacturing and concrete production, adding an environmentally conscious dimension to the project.

The European Commission, in its commitment to advancing clean-tech solutions, disclosed in December that the S2H2 project is among 17 selected clean-tech initiatives set to receive a collective funding of €65 million. This financial backing is strategically allocated to foster breakthrough technologies in various domains, including energy-intensive industries, renewable energy, and energy storage.

The core objective of the S2H2 project is to harness sewage sludge as a resource for hydrogen production, aligning with the broader push for sustainable and renewable energy solutions. By incorporating the produced hydrogen into the local gas grid, E.On Hrvatska aims to contribute to the advancement of clean energy practices in Croatia.

Additionally, the project is set to make a meaningful impact on public transportation in Zagreb, where hydrogen-powered buses operated by ZET will benefit from the sustainable fuel generated through the S2H2 initiative. This dual-purpose approach, addressing both the gas grid and public transportation, underscores the multifaceted benefits and applications of the S2H2 project.

A notable aspect of E.On's innovative process is the production of carbon black and ash as by-products. These materials, rather than being treated as waste, find purposeful utilization as additives in tire manufacturing and concrete production. This integrated approach not only addresses energy needs but also contributes to the circular economy by repurposing by-products for valuable applications.

The European Commission's commitment to funding the S2H2 project signifies a recognition of its potential to drive positive change in the energy landscape. The infusion of €65 million into 17 clean-tech projects, including S2H2, reflects a broader initiative to propel breakthrough technologies that can address the challenges posed by energy-intensive industries while promoting sustainability.

E.On Hrvatska's success in securing EC funding for the 'sludge-to-hydrogen' project represents a significant step forward in the pursuit of clean and sustainable energy solutions in Croatia. The project's comprehensive approach, involving hydrogen production for the gas grid and fueling public transportation, highlights its versatility and potential impact on multiple fronts. Moreover, the repurposing of by-products for tire manufacturing and concrete production adds an environmentally responsible dimension to the project, aligning with the circular economy principles. As S2H2 advances, it exemplifies the collaborative efforts driving the transition towards cleaner and more sustainable energy practices.

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