Israeli-Dutch Innovation Center

#16 Hydrogen Valley Summer School - Knowledge to knowledge exchange for potential collaboration between The Netherlands and Israel (17 Aug - 19 Aug)

During the three-day long summer school, 17-19 August 2021 (10:00-15:00 Israeli Time / 9:00-14:00 Netherlands Time (CET)), we will learn how to design, plan and implement a hydrogen valley. The summer school is comprised of presentations by world-wide well known lecturers from the Netherlands, of a case study and its analysis, and of discussions.

Location: Virtual

Moderators: Racheli Kreisberg & Jochem Durenkamp

Steering Committee: Achim Eberspächer (RVO), Leon Stille (EDI) & Frank Wouters (MENA Hydrogen Alliance)

Requirements: 80% attendance and completion of the case study

Fee: free of charge

Registration: Eventbrite & Google Form




17 August 2021 Day 1 – Introduction in Hydrogen 9:45-15:00 Israeli time/8:45-14:00 Netherlands (CET) time

9:45 Log-in, Welcome and settling down

10:00-10:05 Welcome note by HE Hans Docter, Netherlands Ambassador to Israel

10:00-10:30 Introduction by organizers, by Dr. Racheli Kreisberg & Jochem Durenkamp

10:30-11:30 Why hydrogen? by Frank Wouters

  • The energy transition as context for hydrogen, origin and history
  • Role of hydrogen in energy transition, system integration
  • Hydrogen characteristics and comparison to natural gas Frank Wouters

11:30-12:15 Production, transport, storage of hydrogen, the economics, by Leon Stille

  • Production methods, the colours of hydrogen
  • Transport and storage options, carriers: hydrogen versus electricity
  • Hydrogen in natural gas grids, pure or blending?
  • Hydrogen economics – basic terms (capital and operating costs, economy of scale, hydrogen stocks)

12:15-12:30 Break

12:30-13:15 End use of hydrogen, mobility, industry, built environment, by Leon Stille

  • The versatility of hydrogen in end-use, sector coupling
  • Outlook for end-use applications: industry, mobility and the built environment

13:15-13.55 Lunch Break

14:00-14:35 Hydrogen Valleys explained, by Uwe Weichenhain, Roland Berger

  • Hydrogen Valleys – Lessons learned from global hydrogen project development and Q&A

14:40-15:00 Closing discussion, Leon Stille


18 August 2021 Day 2 – Case Study on Hydrogen Valleys

9:45-10:00 Log-in, welcome and settling down, EDI

10:00-10:15 Keynote FCH-JU, by Bart Biebuyck

  • The importance of Hydrogen Valleys from an EU and global perspective
  • Funding EU hydrogen valleys

10:15-10:55 Introduction to Hydrogen case background, Patrick Cnubben, HEAVENN

  • Designing and implementing a National Hydrogen Valley – an innovative ecosystem
  • Developing a green hydrogen value chain within the valley

10:55-11:15 Introduction to Hydrogen case, EDI

  • Explaining the case
  • Group division in breakout sessions – logistics
  • Background material:

11:15-13:00 Hydrogen Case work in breakout session, including short break during case work

  • Work on case
  • Feedback from experts during session

13:00-13:45 Lunch Break

13:45-14:45 Plenary discussion on case work, Patrick Cnubben, HEAVENN 

  • Feedback on case work
  • Discussion the findings
  • Conclusion and wrap-up

14:45-15:00 Sneak preview day 3, round-up, closing discussion

Home assignment: the groups will each hand in a written summary of their design of Hydrogen Valley


19 August 2021 Day 3 – Hydrogen opportunities in Israel and the role of Hydrogen Valleys

9:45-10:00 Log-in, welcome and settling down, EDI

10:00:11:00 World Hydrogen Outlook, by Praveen Bains, International Energy Agency (IEA)

  • What is happening in the world?
  • Who will be the key players and why?

11:00-11:15 Break

11:15-12:00 The playing field: Hydrogen projects in the region, by Tarik Hamane

  • Hydrogen in the MENA region
  • Lighthouse projects explained: NEOM, Helios

12:00-12:25 EU strategy on hydrogen in the context of energy diplomacy, by Luca Polizzi

  • Hydrogen and international cooperation

12:25-12:45 Israel & Hydrogen and the potential of creating Hydrogen Valleys in Israel, Dr. Gideon Friedman

  • Current status of hydrogen in Israel
  • Hydrogen opportunities in Israel
  • Potential locations for Hydrogen Valleys in Israel

12:45-13:45 Break

13:45-14:45 Plenary discussion – Hydrogen Valleys in Israel? Moderated by Leon Stille

  • Plenary discussion about today’s topics between experts and participants

14.45-15.00 Round-up, closing discussion

15.00 End of Summer school


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    Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Israel

  • 14 Abba Hillel Street, Ramat Gan 5250607

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