Estonian Hydrogen Days to take place in Tartu
Tartu City Government Press Release
23 May / On 25–26 May, the Estonian Hydrogen Days 2023 will be taking place in Tartu, at the Kammivabrik (Teguri 28a). This year’s theme is ‘Linking Economic Growth to Climate Goals. Experts from leading hydrogen associations in Europe will be attending the international conference, which will be held for the second time, and the latest hydrogen solutions will be on display in the fair area.
According to Raimond Tamm, Deputy Mayor of Tartu, hydrogen has an important role to play in our future energy system. ‘At the moment, the development of Estonia’s hydrogen economy is still in its infancy, and it is therefore extremely important to raise the level of awareness of the opportunities related to hydrogen, to implement pilot projects and to invite more and more partners to cooperate, in order to achieve the scale that is essential for efficiency and competitiveness. Without a doubt, Tartu is the right place for hosting the International Hydrogen Days, as both the City of Tartu and the University of Tartu have been involved in the creation of Hydrogen Valley Estonia, to provide a boost to the hydrogen economy in cooperation with partners,’ explained Tamm.
The aim of the Hydrogen Days is to help kick-start Estonia’s hydrogen economy, bringing together representatives from the public and private sectors, as well as gaining new experiences from countries currently at the forefront of hydrogen technology development. The conference will also raise public awareness concerning the potential of hydrogen technology.
The conference will showcase international companies that have taken the first concrete steps along the hydrogen value chain – on land, sea, and air – and will provide an overview of different projects, activities and the state of the hydrogen economy in general. They will also talk about what’s happening in the worlds of politics, energy, and education, and where the money is coming from to make the green transition a success.
The keynote speaker on the first day of the conference will be European Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. In addition, there will be a discussion of Estonian and EU policies, the financing of the green transition, the development of the hydrogen economy in different countries, and the application of hydrogen, especially in heavy transport and industry, where electrification presents difficulties.
On the second day of the conference, thematic workshops will be held to discuss issues related to hydrogen production and use, regulations and standardisation in the field of hydrogen, and the training of specialists, in accordance with the working structure of Hydrogen Valley Estonia.
On the first day of the conference, an exhibition area will be open at the Kammivabrik, where hydrogen cars and hydrogen supply cabinets will be on display, which can be used, for example, to power the PowerUp hydrogen fuel cell generator, or to filling up the City of Tartu’s hydrogen bicycle. The City of Tartu and its partners have created a H2Value project stand, the University of Tartu proves that hydrogen coffee and pancakes are delicious, and how and under what conditions hydrogen explodes in the first place. There is much more to see in the exhibition area.
Kristo Elias will serve as the conference moderator. The working language of the conference is English.
The first Hydrogen Days were held in Tartu, in 2021. A pledge was also made to launch the world’s first nationwide hydrogen valley, which would help accelerate the robust and diversified development of the hydrogen sector. The Hydrogen Valley Estonia Treaty was signed on 18 April 2023, in cooperation with private and public sector organisations.
The Estonian Hydrogen Days are organised by the Estonian Hydrogen Association as the coordinator of the Hydrogen Valley Estonia.
Additional information: Marek Alliksoo, Estonian Hydrogen Technologies Association, tel: 5672-9717
Last changed 23.05.2023