As a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), the Grande Region Hydrogen (GRH) initiative aims to develop and support a hydrogen ecosystem in the Greater Region of Saarland (Germany), Lorraine (Grand-Est, France) and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. It offers a forum for interlinking hydrogen projects in this region and jointly exploiting synergies. In the long term, the aim is to establish a hydrogen economy in this region.
The EEIG was founded in August 2021 by the distribution network operators Creos (Germany) and GRTgaz (France), the energy group Encevo (Luxembourg) and the hydrogen producer H2V (France). It is a non-profit organisation based in Luxembourg. Its managing directors are provided by Creos, GRTgaz and Encevo.
The members of the European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG) of the Grande Region Hydrogen have set themselves the goal of establishing an integrated cross-border hydrogen system in the Grande Region by linking cross-sectoral projects for the decarbonisation of the industry and some segments of the mobility sectors. The focus is on the federal state of Saarland (Germany), the Grand-Est region in France and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. The aim is to promote a hydrogen economy along the entire value chain, taking advantage of the outstandingly suitable structural conditions of our area.
The Grande Region Hydrogen sees itself as the nucleus of a regional hydrogen-related value chain with the aim of initiating a sustainable transformation process from industry and parts of the mobility to hydrogen technologies in the border region. In the process, new technological processes as well as new business fields and models are to be discussed. The initiation of a hydrogen economy is to be made possible in the focus area, which in perspective secures economic change and growth with the perspective of value creation and jobs.
In addition to the strong regional transformation potential, the Grande Region Hydrogen is to contribute to develop and optimise the European hydrogen economy. Through the interaction of the members of the initiative, the coordinated development of the entire value chain (production, infrastructure and use) for a flourishing hydrogen economy should be made possible. The Grande Region Hydrogen addresses the first and second phase of the European Hydrogen Strategy towards a hydrogen strategy for a climate-neutral Europe.
Operate a platform for the exchange of non-confidential information and knowledge and the initiation of projects to be implemented between certain members outside the Grande Region Hydrogen
Coordinate the identification of French, German, Luxemburgish, European and any other funding programs
Develop and communicate common positions in relation to a functioning cross-border economic system, technologies, a necessary legal and regulatory framework and infrastructure
Provide free expertise and orientation in relation to hydrogen technologies to its members