Mission Innovation Hydrogen Valley Platform
The Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking (FCH-JU) coined the concept of Hydrogen Valley as a way to designate a geographical area – a city, a region, an island or an industrial cluster - where several applications are combined to cover the whole hydrogen value chain, from hydrogen production, storage and transport to its end use in various sectors (industry, mobility, energy). Hydrogen Valleys have started to form first regional hydrogen economies, as bottom-up stepping stones in the development of the new hydrogen economy overall. Hydrogen Valleys aim to enable the emergence of locally integrated hydrogen ecosystems for climate change mitigation and regional economic development.
In 2019, the European Commission (through its public-private partnership, FCH 2 JU) and Mission Innovation launched the Hydrogen Valley Platform to facilitate the emergence and implementation of large-scale hydrogen projects. Mission Innovation is a global initiative of 24 countries and the European Commission (on behalf of the European Union) working to reinvigorate and accelerate global clean energy innovation.
The objective of the Mission Innovation Hydrogen Valley Platform is to accelerate the development of a global hydrogen market by identifying and overcoming key technology barriers to the production, distribution, storage and use of hydrogen at gigawatt scale.
Over the past few years, Hydrogen Valleys have gone global, with new projects emerging worldwide. This platform is now gathering information on 36 Hydrogen Valleys comprising a total investment volume of more than EUR 36 billion covering 19 countries worldwide. Only little more than 10% of Hydrogen Valleys have entered operations so far; most of them will unfold their full potential globally and reach commercial maturity towards the middle of the decade. In addition to access to basic information on these projects, the platform facilitates international cooperation of EU Member States and Associated Countries in the context of Mission Innovation.