The Basque Hydrogen Corridor concludes a groundbreaking 2023, marking a pivotal year for hydrogen projects in Europe. With over 70 members, BH2C aims to lead the hydrogen ecosystem in the Basque Country, driving progress in decarbonizing energy, industry, residences, and mobility. The association's president, José Ignacio Zudaire, highlights the historic achievements during the Annual Meeting, emphasizing the economic, social, and environmental impact. BH2C's 49 projects, backed by a 1.3 billion euros investment until 2026, position the Basque Country as a key player in the European hydrogen transformation.
The Basque Hydrogen Corridor (BH2C) is poised to etch its name in the annals of energy history as it wraps up a momentous year in 2023. President José Ignacio Zudaire, speaking at the Annual Meeting held at the new Energy Intelligence Center (EIC) building in Abanto-Zierbena, emphasizes the historic significance of the year for the association, its 70+ members, and the Basque Country at large.
Founded with a mission to cultivate a hydrogen ecosystem, BH2C has become a catalyst for progress in decarbonizing energy, industry, residences, and mobility. The association's commitment extends beyond the economic realm, encompassing social, technological, and environmental facets. The investment of over 1.3 billion euros until 2026 underscores the dedication to creating a sustainable future, generating over 1,340 direct and 6,700 indirect jobs.
The grand energy-industrial commitment unfolds through the development of 49 projects segmented into six verticals. SARRALLE, operating through its Environment & Energy business line, is at the forefront of these initiatives, focusing on developing hydrogen technologies for Electric Arc Furnaces (EAF) and Reheating Furnaces (RF) as alternatives to fossil gas and coal.
Hydrogen emerges as a linchpin in the energy transition and the battle against climate change. The European Union's strategic embrace of hydrogen aligns with the BH2C's mission, positioning Europe as a transformational leader. The Basque Country, with its robust industrial infrastructure, technological prowess, and strategic positioning, is poised to drive this transformative process forward.
As the BH2C charts a course into the future, the focus on hydrogen as a key vector is not just a technological pursuit; it embodies a commitment to a sustainable, climate-neutral Europe by 2050. The Basque Country's unique strengths, including tractor companies, electrical capital goods industry, port infrastructures, gas networks, and technological capacity, position it as a pivotal player in this continental shift.
The Basque Hydrogen Corridor concludes a momentous 2023, emerging as a leader in Europe's hydrogen landscape. With a robust investment and a focus on diverse projects, BH2C positions the Basque Country at the forefront of the energy transition. The commitment to hydrogen reflects a broader dedication to a sustainable future, generating economic growth and job opportunities.