Estonia Develops First Nationwide Hydrogen Valley

At a glance
  • Hydrogen Valley Estonia aims to develop a nationwide hydrogen value chain in six years.
  • The project involves three regions, one university, and five major companies.
  • Green hydrogen production will be developed in at least six regions.
  • The initiative includes around 30 projects under development.

Project Overview

Estonia is developing its first nationwide Hydrogen Valley to enhance energy independence and sustainability. This initiative involves collaboration between three regions, one university, and five major companies in the energy and industry sectors. The goal is to establish a complete hydrogen value chain over the next six years, supporting the country's energy transition under the motto "from zero to green."

Key Partners

The Management Team and Steering Group include founding partners such as Port of Tallinn, Tallinn Airport, Alexela, Eesti Energia, Terminal, Tartu University, and municipalities of Tartu, Pärnu, and Saarema. These partners are responsible for building the hydrogen strategy, governance, and gaining international recognition for Estonia as part of a European Large-Scale Hydrogen Valley along the North Sea-Baltic corridor.

Support Group

The Support Group consists of various organizations, including XFly, Skeleton Technologies, Stargate Hydrogen, Aviation Academy, Tallinn University of Technology, TS Laevad, Liwathon, Elmo Rent, HHLA TK, Estiko, and several municipalities. These members are invited to contribute projects to complete the hydrogen value chain in Estonia, with additional partners welcome to join.

Infrastructure Development

Over the next six years, green hydrogen production will be developed in at least six regions. This includes the development of transport and storage infrastructure, such as import and export terminals, fueling stations, and storage facilities. The hydrogen produced will be used for public transport, heavy-duty vehicles, rail, shipping, aviation, and industrial feedstock, as well as for net balancing and heating in the built environment.

Future Goals

The Estonian Hydrogen Valley aims to be the central node in the systematic development of the hydrogen economy in Estonia. The focus will be on kickstarting and accelerating projects based on onshore hydrogen production, preparing for large-scale offshore solutions from 2030 onwards.