Building on the successful experience of Hydrogen Valleys in the FCH JU call 2019 as well as on the portfolio of FCH JU projects showcasing H2 solutions for islands (www.bighit.eu, https://www.cleargen.eu/, www.remote-euproject.eu),“H2 in Islands” topic was included as part of the FCH 2 JU Call for Proposals 2020. The aim was to support a project to showcase the role of hydrogen in decarbonising EU islands at an unprecedented scale. The project Green Hysland was selected for funding.
The successful project should start early in 2021.
Green Hysland (2021-2025)
Green Hysland aims to deploy a fully functioning Hydrogen (H2) ecosystem in the island of Mallorca, Spain, turning the island into Europe’s first H2 hub in Southern Europe. This will be achieved by producing green hydrogen from solar energy and delivering it to the end users, such as the island’s tourism, transport, industry and energy sectors, including gas grid injection for green heat and power local end-use.
The project will also deliver a roadmap towards 2050 that compiles a long-term vision for the development of a widespread H2 economy in Mallorca and the Balearic Region, in line with the environmental objectives set for 2050. Indeed, hydrogen will help to increase the penetration of renewable energy in the Balearic energy system, demonstrating sector coupling and sectorial integration, and moving towards full decarbonization of the economy.
Finally, the Green Hysland demonstrations will provide Europe with a blueprint for decarbonization of island economies, and an operational example of the contribution of H2 towards the energy transition and the 2050 net zero targets. The development of replication experiences and business models are foreseen in five other EU islands (Madeira – PT, Tenerife – ES, Aran – IE, Greek Islands and Ameland – NL) and beyond (Chile and Morocco).