The participants of the meeting, which took place at the VSB-TUO assembly hall, presented, among other things, the results of the experimental phase and the final outputs of the project, which was supported by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
“Within the framework of the project, we identified obstacles, needs and opportunities for the application of hydrogen technologies in industry, transport and energy as a suitable tool for the completion of restructuring and further development of the Region,” said Petr Moldřík from the ENET Centre, which is part of the Centre for Energy and Environmental Technologies at VSB – Technical University of Ostrava.
According to him, the main impediments to the spread of hydrogen technologies are not only in their current price, but also in the cost and availability of the electricity necessary for the production of carbon-neutral hydrogen, i.e. one that is produced by the electrolysis of water using only renewable energy sources.
“The biggest opportunities in the application of hydrogen technologies in the Moravian-Silesian Region are in the field of public transport, not only buses but also rail carriage, and in the heavy industry sector, especially in metallurgical steel production, where hydrogen can replace the current carbon-based fuels,” Moldřík added.
The final seminar, entitled “Moravian-Silesian Region - Hydrogen Region”, contributed by taking stock of the project. The participants presented the results of the experimental phase of the project, the proposed models and the final outputs. There were also recommendations on the scope of application of hydrogen technologies within the infrastructure of the Moravian-Silesian Region, which can accelerate the transition to a hydrogen economy and increase the competitiveness of the Region in an international context.
The seminar was held not only as part of the project TK02010187 Research on the potential of hydrogen technologies for transformation of the energy mix of the Moravian-Silesian Region, low-carbon energy and development of low-emission mobility, but was also supported by the LTI20004 Environmental Research and Development Information Centre (ERDIC).