In the heart of the Northern Adriatic region, a groundbreaking initiative is taking shape – the Northern Adriatic Hydrogen Valley. This ambitious project, unveiled in Trieste, aims to produce 5 thousand tonnes of renewable hydrogen annually within six years. Spanning the territories of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Slovenia, and Croatia, the project signifies a collaborative effort involving 37 diverse public and private partners.
The project’s primary goal is to establish a robust hydrogen production network, fostering an exchange of at least 20% of produced hydrogen among the three participating territories. Regional councilors Alessia Rosolen, Sergio Emidio Bini, and Fabio Scoccimarro shared these details during a session of the II Council Commission in Trieste. The collaboration includes key stakeholders such as Consorzio Maniago, University of Trieste, Coselag, AcegasApsamga, Acciaieria Bertoli, and others.
Elisabetta Michieli of Confindustria Alto Adriatico emphasized the strategic significance of hydrogen for energy security, affirming support for the project as a forward-looking initiative.
A significant aspect of the Northern Adriatic Hydrogen Valley is the substantial financial backing from the European Union and the national government. The EU is set to invest between 80 and 120 billion euros, with an additional three and a half billion from the national government. Alessia Rosolen highlighted the Region’s commitment to an already shared project, underlining the substantial investment landscape driving the initiative.
The council session delved into critical aspects, including the necessary infrastructures and potential future scenarios linked to the Northern Adriatic Hydrogen Valley. As the project unfolds, considerations regarding benefits, consequences, and the envisioned energy landscape took center stage.