Baltic Sea Region Hydrogen Network (BaSeH2)
Aim: To promote the independence of the Baltic Sea Region’s energy system through an international and cross-sectoral platform-network, to increase the use of renewable energy, to promote an independent, secure and low-carbon energy system covering production, distribution, storage and use (end-use)
- Project implementation period: 09.2023 – 31.08.2025
- Partners: 8 partners from 8 countries, Sweden – Hydrogen Sweden, Latvia – Latvian Hydrogen Association, Poland – Nexus consultants sp.z o.o, Finland – r.y., Estonia – Estonian Association of Hydrogen Technologies, Lithuania – Lithuanian Hydrogen Association, Denmark – Brintbranchen and Ukraine – Ukrainian Hydrogen Association
- Source of funding – Swedish Institute for the Baltic Sea States
- Total project budget – SEK 1 000 000
- Main activities – cross-sectoral meetings/workshops, networking through cross-sectoral cooperation, strategy and policy development for the transformation of energy systems in BSR countries
Hydrogen as an energy storage and distribution medium provides the missing link in current renewable energy systems: it makes renewable energy systems more reliable, safer and less impactful on the environment, and can ensure energy autonomy in the region. In addition, the oxygen produced by the hydrogen process can be used to revitalise the Baltic Sea, reducing climate destruction.
Participants in the renewable energy generation, distribution and storage sector will discuss opportunities and ways to use cooperation mechanisms such as cross-border cooperation and joint support schemes, projects to promote the development of renewable energies. The project will bring together different actors that can together provide the large-scale systems needed to scale up energy systems, as well as provide an opportunity to discuss and implement innovations and enabling market rules to remove barriers to the efficient development of hydrogen infrastructure. Best practices on the integration of renewable energy in the building, industrial, district heating and cooling sectors will be developed and disseminated. Partner organisations will be able to improve their national strategies and increase their impact on the transformation of the energy sectors by working together within the project.
At the same time, one of the objectives is to lay the foundations for a “green transition” knowledge centre in Poland, which would also help Ukraine to access the expertise and knowledge needed to rebuild Ukraine’s energy system after the war. A “Hydrogen Valley” is planned for south-eastern Poland. Lessons learnt could lead to its transfer to other geographical regions in the future.