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The CSIC becomes part of HER, the European network that promotes research in clean hydrogen

The ITQ -- joint center between the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Valencia -- leads the organization's participation.

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The CSIC becomes part of HER, the European network that promotes research in clean hydrogen

The ITQ -- joint center between the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Valencia -- leads the organization's participation

VALENCIA, 4 Dec. (EUROPA PRESS) -

The Higher Scientific Research Council (CSIC) has formally joined Hydrogen Europe Research, a network made up of more than 150 institutions across Europe to promote research on clean hydrogen and fuel cells on the continent.

The entry of the CSIC into this network will allow access to resources and European funding opportunities related to the technology to produce hydrogen in a non-polluting way, in connection with the work carried out by the CSIC.

Thus, one of its most leading institutes in this field, the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ) - a joint Severo Ochoa center of excellence between the CSIC and the Polytechnic University of Valencia - leads the organization's participation in this network, in the which includes another 10 centers.

Hydrogen Europe Research (HER) is a non-profit organization with scientific and academic purposes. Its objective is to coordinate and promote research and the European public agenda related to hydrogen and fuel cells. Specifically, it represents research organizations in this sector in general, and in its relationship with the European hydrogen partnership (Clean Hydrogen Partnership) in particular.

HER provides the research community with technical advice, active participation in the European partnership, strategic analysis or participation in projects.

In particular, participation in HER working groups such as policy and ad-hoc skills allows members to contribute to the formulation of policies and strategies, as well as address specific challenges in the field of hydrogen.

In addition, the new Low TRL Research and Research and Technology Infrastructures groups* offer the possibility of getting involved in the research of emerging technologies and the development of infrastructures, thus establishing the foundations for future advances in the hydrogen industry. Active participation in these working groups not only provides a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experience, but also allows members to contribute significantly to progress and innovation in the hydrogen space in Europe.

The HER network is made up of prestigious scientific and academic institutions from different countries: more than 150 research and technology organisations, companies, research centers and universities from all over Europe working in the field of hydrogen energy, providing a platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing.

Thus, the CSIC's accession to HER will allow closer collaboration with other research institutions and with industry in this field in Europe, contributing to increasing the visibility and impact of Spanish research in this area. In addition, the accession of the CSIC will enable access to networks and resources, such as funding opportunities for research projects related to hydrogen technology through programs such as Horizon Europe.

The CSIC's participation in the HER network is led by the Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ, CSIC-UPV). Its director, CSIC research professor José Manuel Serra Alfaro, is the CSIC representative in the organization.

"The objective of HER is closely related to the lines of work of some research groups dedicated to hydrogen technology at the CSIC. In this sense, thanks to this association, the CSIC will be able to benefit from participation in numerous activities such as advice technical or participation in projects," he asserts.

For the CSIC representative at HER, "being part of this network of prestigious scientific and academic institutions in the field of hydrogen energy will also mean the creation of new opportunities, access to resources related to hydrogen technology, and will provide a excellent platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange," he says. María Victoria Martínez Huerta, from the Institute of Catalysis and Petroleochemistry (IPC-CSIC) is the deputy representative of the CSIC in HER.

Thus, a total of 11 CSIC institutes participate in this network:

Institute of Chemical Technology (ITQ); Institute of Catalysis and Petroleochemistry (IPC); Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2); Institute of Carbochemistry (ICB); Institute of Ceramics and Glass (ICV); Institute of Materials Science of Madrid (ICMM); Institute of Materials Science of Seville (ICMS);

Institute of Carbon Science and Technology (INCAR); Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP); Institute of Nanoscience and Materials of Aragon (INMA) and Geological and Mining Institute of Spain (IGME).