Hydrogen is a versatile energy carrier that will serve the transition to a zero-carbon economy in many industries. It is already widely used in the chemical and refining industries. The first implementations can also be found in the metallurgical, energy, glass and cement industries.
The most mature and widespread applications of hydrogen can be found in the field of transportation - from forklifts, cars, buses and trains, ships to airplanes and space rockets. The development of this technology will be supported by EU funds, which has focused on hydrogen in its energy transition strategy.
About 90 percent of hydrogen is produced and used in the fertilizer and refining industries. Hydrogen is also produced as a by-product in the chemical industry. The future lies in producing hydrogen from renewable sources - primarily by electrolysis, but also by biomass gasification
Only 15 percent of global hydrogen production is used off-site and transported as compressed gas or cryogenic liquid. This implies investment in infrastructure - from storage, pipeline transmission to liquefaction or transport as compressed gas.
Hydrogen valleys are regional ecosystems. The development will be based on the local production of hydrogen, which is transported over short distances. The basis is local demand based on the production of energy from renewable sources. This changing perspective will include education, research and development, implementation and industrial applications.
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Information on the programme announced by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management for hydrogen refueling infrastructure
The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOŚiGW), within the framework of the priority programme 'Support for electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure', has announced a competition for funding from its own funds for projects to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure. The call for applications is based on the announcement of the competition. So far, three calls for proposals have been announced. The next announcement date for the 4th call is planned for Q3 2023.
The aim of the programme is to support the development of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles and hydrogen refuelling infrastructure to reduce the number of vehicles emitting CO2 and NOx and thereby improving air quality. The programme envisages the possibility of subsidising projects involving the construction or reconstruction of a publicly accessible hydrogen station.
A publicly accessible hydrogen station is an assembly of equipment, including a hydrogen refuelling point with the necessary ancillary infrastructure and storage tanks, for the refuelling of hydrogen. The funded hydrogen refuelling infrastructure will use at least low-carbon hydrogen, i.e. hydrogen from fossil fuels with carbon capture and storage or electrolytic hydrogen.
The programme implementation framework covers the period from 2021 to 2028, with deadlines for:
making commitments (understood as signing of contracts) - 31/12/2025;
disbursement of funds - 15/12/2028.
The budget for the programme's objective, for non-refundable funding, is up to PLN 870 million.
So far, 3 calls for proposals have been carried out.
1st call for proposals - construction or reconstruction of a hydrogen station open to the public
Call submission period: from 07/01/2022 to 31/03/2022
Call budget of PLN 100 million
5 applications were received for the construction of 12 stations for a subsidy amount of PLN 70 million at a total cost of PLN 279.7 million. 5 subsidy agreements were concluded (PKM Świerklaniec, PKM Tychy, PAK PCE BIOGAZ Sp. z o.o., PKN ORLEN SA, Elektrociepłownia Nowa Sarzyna Sp z.o.o.) to the amount of PLN 70 million.
2nd call for proposals - construction or reconstruction of a hydrogen station open to the public
Call submission period: from 01/11/2022 to 31/01/2023
Call budget of PLN 30 million
2 applications were received for the construction of 2 stations for a subsidy amount of PLN 19.5 million at a total cost of PLN 39.8 million. 1 grant agreement concluded (Promet Plast S.C.) for an amount of over PLN 13 million. Negotiations for a subsidy application are underway with Błonie-Pass Strefa Przemysłowa SA.
3rd call for grant applications - no applications received
The call for proposals was announced on 17/04/2023 with a deadline of 30/06/2023.
Call budget of PLN 10 million. No application was received
Summary of the 1st and 2nd call (no applications were received in the 3rd one)
Under the three calls conducted, 7 applications for co-financing were submitted for the amount of PLN 89 million. There is 1 application for co-financing at the negotiation stage.
The planned date for the 4th call is Q3 2023 with a budget of PLN 10,383,020.00.