Saxony is rapidly emerging as a key player in hydrogen research, with initiatives like the Saxon Hydrogen Union and the Hydrogen and Mobility Innovation Center in Chemnitz. It is dedicated to advancing industrial research, testing, and certification in hydrogen technologies, particularly focusing on vehicle drive trains and fuel cell systems. The center is expected to be a vital hub for innovation, offering extensive facilities for testing and certification. This initiative is further strengthened by the collaborative efforts of the Saxon Hydrogen Union, combining the expertise of technical universities and industry partners, and receives robust support from the hydrogen industry network led by HZwo e.V., backed financially by the Free State of Saxony.
In Poland, the Hydrogen Technologies Center at Gdańsk University of Technology marks a significant step forward in hydrogen technology. As the country’s first center dedicated to hydrogen, it focuses on hydrogen processing, storage, combustion, and energy generation in fuel cells. The center is pivotal in connecting research with industry, providing comprehensive services for hydrogen projects from concept to maintenance, and assisting in securing European funding.
The Czech Republic is advancing hydrogen technology through the Czech Hydrogen Technology Platform (HYTEP). HYTEP aims to facilitate the integration of a hydrogen economy, offering collaborative opportunities in hydrogen technology development. Its mission extends beyond research, seeking to incorporate hydrogen solutions into the national energy system, representing a key move towards sustainable energy.
Slovenia’s H2GreenTECH project, led by the Institute of Chemistry in Ljubljana, is pivotal in propelling hydrogen technology forward. This initiative focuses on enhancing research infrastructure and establishing a Hydrogen Center to serve businesses, researchers, and students, promoting cross-border cooperation, notably between Slovenia and Austria. Its objective is to boost regional research and innovation in hydrogen technologies, reflecting Slovenia’s commitment to sustainable energy and transport solutions.