The major European project – CRAVE H2 – for the creation of a Green Hydrogen Valley in Crete begins.
High-ranking executives of the EUNICE Energy Group, representatives of the research consortium, as well as representatives of institutional and academic bodies were present during the presentation of the pioneering European research project CRAVE H2, at the InterContinental Athenaeum, on Monday 12 June.
The CRAVE-H2 Hydrogen Valley of Crete-Aegean includes the development and and operation of innovative hydrogen technologies in Crete and covers the entire hydrogen value chain. The aim is to make hydrogen a vital medium on the island of Crete in order to reduce the use of polluting and externally imported fossil resources. Particular emphasis will be placed on the safe use of hydrogen on a large scale and on the social and environmental impact of the European project on the local community. The employment opportunities, as well as the environmental and health benefits for the island of Crete will be thoroughly explored and optimized.
EUNICE Energy Group is the coordinator and leader of the project consortium. The list of partners is completed by Industrie De Nora, an Italian multinational company developing advanced electrolysis systems, Ballard Power Systems Europe, a manufacturer of PEM fuel cell products for a variety of markets and applications, and the Region of Crete, actively involved in the regulatory, social and political aspects of the project. Solmar Tours, the largest tourism company in Crete and one of the leading tour operators in the region largest in Greece, the Politecnico di Torino, one of Europe’s leading technological universities, the National Centre for Research and Technological Development (EKETA), and the research department of the Greek Electricity Distribution Network Operator Energy Distribution Network (DEDDIE).
The Head of Communication & Media Relations of EUNICE Energy Group Ms. Maria Michalaki said: “EUNICE Energy Group has been developing a rich palette of high-tech and efficient green energy solutions for years. Today, however, it is launching a pioneering European Green Hydrogen Project. A project co-funded by the European Commission and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, and led by the Eunice Energy Group, involves stakeholders and representatives from different areas, such as industry, academia, regional/national authorities and businesses, each with a different role in the hydrogen value chain.”
EUNICE Energy Group Vice President George Pehlivanoglou said: “The pioneering CRAVE H2 project comes to reinforce the energy vision for Greece to become an energy hub in the wider SE Mediterranean region, dynamically integrating Crete into the map of alternative fuels and that of green hydrogen. The development of the Green Hydrogen Valley in Crete will have multiple applications in the local and national economy, in local transport, shipping, energy production and in a variety of industrial applications. The development of similar projects by the EUNICE Energy Group makes us proud, as they represent a major innovation for our country. EUNICE Energy Group is gaining a dynamic presence in the green hydrogen sector.”