On February 22 was held the first CEO-Meeting of the Residential Heating Roundtable of the European Clean Hydrogen Alliance, with the attendance of 30 CEOs, NGOs, representatives of the European Commission and the European Industry Associations.
The Meeting was led by the three CO-Chairs of the Roundtable, Mr. Denner from BOSCH GMBH Mr. Xifaras from DEPA COMMERCIAL S.A. and Mrs. Fauconnier from SIBELGA with the support of the European Heating Industry.
The clean hydrogen for buildings sector is one of the six pillars of the hydrogen ecosystem. In our country, the first national project SEKEE (Important Project of Common European Interest / IPCEI), the White Dragon, of which DEPA Commercaial is the coordinator, is designed in Western Macedonia and mainly aims to ensure adequate supply of district heating after the removal of lignite plants. This project comes to support the Region of Western Macedonia, which is most affected by decarbonization and which depends on the district heating system that currently operates with lignite.
The CEO of DEPA, Mr. Konstantinos Xifaras, stated the following: “It is great to see that the Alliance has an inclusive character and is geographically balanced, giving access to countries that are not the usual suspects when it comes to renewable energy and innovation. It is clear that the decarbonization of buildings is of major importance and hydrogen will play a decisive role in achieving European climate goals.
DEPA Commercial is currently paving the way for the realization and the development of hydrogen technologies in Greece.
The commitment of the Greek Government to shut down all lignite-fired power plants, puts Greece and especially the Region of Western Macedonia to a major energy supply problem which extends to the district heating networks that are providing heat to the 3 major cities of the region. In this framework, DEPA is coordinating the WHITE DRAGON Project, which has the potential to become a lighthouse project for Europe, combining the production of green hydrogen and the usage of heat (byproduct) to cover the energy demand of the district heating networks that are currently running on lignite.
I hope that through the work of this roundtable many more projects will be realized showing that hydrogen is ready to be deployed in large scale.”