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Waste to Hydrogen

Project description

Producing hydrogen from waste biomass

Hydrogen can be produced from fossil fuels and renewable energy sources. It can also be produced from waste biomass through thermal gasification, followed by the cleaning and purification of the syngas produced. The EU-funded Waste2H2 project therefore aims to focus its research on hydrogen as a sustainable energy vector and an example of waste valorisation in a circular economy. To this end, it will strengthen the scientific and technological capacity of Portugal’s Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre in thermal gasification syngas cleaning and purification for hydrogen production. It will further enhance the staff’s research profile by twinning with three leading European research institutions. This work could help decarbonise society and promote a circular economy while also enhancing Portugal’s position in applied scientific research in this field.


The WASTE2H2 proposal field of action is hydrogen as a sustainable energy vector and waste valorization in a circular economy approach. Characteristically, Hydrogen can be produced using diverse resources including fossil fuels, such as natural gas and coal, biomass, non-food crops, nuclear energy and renewable energy sources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectric power to split water. Hydrogen could be produced from waste biomass by thermal gasification processes followed by clean and purification stages of syngas produced. This area has an enormous potential for society descarbonisation and development of circular economy. This diversity of potential supply sources is the most important reason why hydrogen is such a promising energy carrier.
WASTE2H2 aims to enhancing the scientific and technological capacity of IPPortalegre in clean and purification of thermal gasification syngas in order to produced hydrogen, and at raising staff’s research profile and excellence by twinning with three well established and leading research institutions: Royal Institute of Technology, in Sweden; Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development, in Italy and; Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, in Germany. This will allow mutual learning and knowledge transfer activities, cross-fertilization and networking opportunities and increased opportunities for research collaborations.
The resulting enhanced capabilities and status of IPPortalegre, would in turn contribute to the change of its economic landscape, giving new opportunities for development and job creation, strengthening and enhancing the positioning of Portugal as an important player in applied scientific research in the respective field.

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Net EU contribution
€ 326 500,00
Praça do Municipio
7300-901 Portalegre

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Continente Alentejo Alto Alentejo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Total cost
€ 326 500,00

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