DATE: 27th September 2022

Organized by: Clean Hydrogen Partnership (CHP) and ECUBES

Co-organized by: Chamber of Commerce of Slovenia (GZS), North-Littoral Chamber of Commerce (Severno primorska gospodarska zbornica) Nova Gorica

The conference coincides with European Sustainability Week and the European Year of the Youth 2022.

Conference program


8:30 Registration

9:30 Opening of the conference:

  • Welcome by Mr. Aleksander Gerbec, Organisers
  • Welcome by Mr. Klemen Miklavič, Mayor of Nova Gorica
  • Ms. Anna Mareschi Danieli, Vice President, Confindustria Udine
  • Ms. Nevenka Volk Rožič, Director, Northern Primorska Chamber of Commerce and Industry Nova Gorica 

10.00 High-level introductory speeches 

  • Mr. Vjekoslav Jukić, Representative of Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development in Croatia
  • Mr. Massimiliano Fedriga, President of the Friuli Venezia Giulia Autonomous Region
  • Mr. Uroš Vajgl, State Secretary at Ministry for Environment Slovenia
  • Ms. Tina Seršen, State Secretary at Ministry of Infrastructure Slovenia 

10:30 What is required to achieve regional, national and eu hydrogen ambition

  • Mr. Paolo Guglia, Hydrogen Europe Industry
  • Mr. Luigi Crema, Fondazione Bruno Kessler for Hydrogen Europe Research Association
  • Ms. Helene Chraye, DG for Research and Innovation, Head of Unit, Clean Energy Transition, European Commission – TBC 
  • Q&A

11:10 Short Break 

11:20 Session 1: Hydrogen valleys: Early lessons learned 

Introduction @ Moderator Mr. Stephen Taylor, director, Area Science Park

  • Clean Hydrogen Partnership: State of play of hydrogen valleys in Europe and in the World 

Mr. Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director Clean Hydrogen Partnership Joint Undertaking

  • Enercy: Mallorca and Orkney Islands Hydrogen Valleys: From development towards implementation 

Ms. Katharina Bouchard, Managing Director, Enercy

  • Holding Slovenske Elektrarne HSE: North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley

Marko Bahor, executive director for development and investments

  • META Group: Designing a Transnational Hydrogen Valley Innovation Ecosystem 

Mr. Andrea D’ Anselmo, President, META Group




12:15 Lunch Break

13.15 Creating NAHV transnational R&D pole 

Introduction and Moderation: Mr. Jurij Giacomelli Gm & META

  • Mr. Stephen Taylor, Area Science Park
  • Mr. Mark Kogoj, Security Implications of Climate Change
  • Mr. Rodolfo Taccani UNITS, Regional Universities & North Adriatic Hydrogen Valley
  • Mr. Frano Barbir, UNI Split
  • Mr. Matjaž Valant, University Nova Gorica 
  • Mr. Matjaž Knez, University of Maribor, H2STUDENT 
  • Mr. Igor Podbelšek, Elektro Institut Milan Vidmar




14:30 Session 2: Industries delivering hydrogen ecosystem in the North Adriatic transnational region: Cross-cutting challenges 

Moderator: Stephen Taylor, Area Science Park 

  • PIPISTREL Vertical Solutions: Liquid hydrogen as enabler of a novel sustainable air transport market 

Mr. Pedro Garcia, Hydrogen Subject Matter Expert

  • SALONIT: Cement production and the transition towards renewables 

Mr. Tomaž Vuk, President of the Board, SALONIT 

  • SNAM: Challenging Energy Transition 

Ms. Serena Zappia, Manager Decarbonisation Project, SNAM 

  • DANIELI: Steel making decarbonization line and hydrogen use in perspective and in ABS use case.

Mr. Marco Lapasin, Vice President, DANIELI Green Metal

  • ACI Croatia: Sustainable coastal and maritime tourism enabled by hydrogen 

Mr. Ivan Herak, Member of the management Board, ACI Croatia

  • TETIDA: Is hydrogen infrastructure bankable?

Mr. Simon Ferjuc, CEO




15:30 Coffee Break 

16:00 Session 3: NAHV Innovators Panel I: Developing entire hydrogen value chain

 Moderator: Mr. Rodolfo Taccani, UNITS 

  • LOOP ENERGY: Perfectioning fuel cells and applications 

Mr. Luigi Fusi, VP EMEAR, Loop Energy 

  • SOLID POWER: Fuel cells & combined heat and power generation 

Mr. Luca Torcasio – Solid Power 

  • HASKEL: Hydrogen refilling stations 

Mr. Jake Martin, Hydrogen Business Development Manager EMEAI 

  • Gittone MCoE: Hydrogen-powered maritime transportation





17:00 Session 4: NAHV Innovators Panel II: Delivering hydrogen-based energy transition Moderator: Mr. Rodolfo Taccani UNITS

  • ACTIVE SOLERA: Hydrogen production from waste II Active Solera

Ms. Ivana Chaux Jukić, CEO

  • GOLEA: Kanal ob Soči, First municipality in Eu aiming on Hydrogenen energy storage

Ms Ivana Kacafura, Project director 

  • INOMAD HYCUBES: Shaping new hospitality future by Hydrogen

Mr. Filip Margan, Inomad World & Hycubes 

  • ECUBES: Hydrogen Value Chain & Sustainable Energy Storage

Mr. Janez Čeh, CTO ECUBES 

  • ECUBES: Hydrogen & Flexibility

Mr. Aleksander Gerbec, CEO ECUBES 



———18:00 Closing Remarks

General information about the event

The purpose of the gathering is to accelerate activities for the development of NAHV, the Northern Adriatic Hydrogen Valley.

Industrial partners, universities and decision makers from participating countries: Slovenia, Croatia and Italy, Authonomous Region FVG, will explore further development opportunities and already envisaged projects. There will be an opportunity for other potentially interested participants who are interested in this type of cooperation:

  • to raise awareness of the potential of hydrogen technologies for decarbonizing the economy in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, with an emphasis on the Northern Adriatic region
  • to share knowledge and experience on setting up hydrogen valleys with local authorities,
  • companies and research institutes to help progress in creating a “cross-border hydrogen valley of the Northern Adriatic”
  • promotion of hydrogen technologies by some of the leading global technology companies
  • keynote speeches on hydrogen valleys will be given by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, which is the co-organizer of the event and the coordinators/developers of the hydrogen valley in the north of the Netherlands on the island of Mallorca (Spain) and the Orkney Islands
  • promotion to other potentially interested partners who would be interested in cooperation
  • promotion of opportunities for scientific and research institutions from the region that have already been actively involved in development projects
  • presentation of the opportunities of hydrogen technologies for cities and rural environments, for a safe and reliable supply of energy from renewable energy sources
  • meeting of industrial partners from the region who have already decided to participate in building the hydrogen ecosystem

Cooperation has already been confirmed by Hydrogen Europe representatives, and we expect confirmation from Hydrogen Research in the next few days – these are the two organizations that also support the hydrogen valley of the Northern Adriatic.

On the occasion of the European Year of Youth, we will dedicate the content to young people from the region of three countries – the cooperation of Slovenian, Croatian and Italian universities is desirable.


  • identification/creation of ideas and partnerships for new projects that will support the energy transition in the region
  • promotion of jobs of the future to the professions related to hydrogen technologies.

Organizational details

Date: September 27, 2022, starting at 10 a.m

Place: Hotel Perla, Casino & Hotel, Nova Gorica

Target audience: industry, decision-makers, science, R&D, young people

Organizer: ECUBES d.o.o. and CHP JU (Institution CHP JU or European Partnership for Hydrogen Technologies; Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking’s main objective is to contribute to the EU Green Deal and Hydrogen Strategy through optimized funding of R&I activities https://www.cleanhydrogen.

europa.eu/ index_en)

Co-organizers: Chamber of Commerce Slovenia and North Primorska region Nova Gorica

Event Partners: Salonit Anhovo d.d. , Holding of Slovenske Elektrarne HSE d.o., – tbc

A brief presentation of the content of the planned event

Nineteen participating partners from industry and representatives of three universities from three neighboring countries will meet with the aim of deepening cooperation in the development of the hydrogen ecosystem of the Northern Adriatic region.

The meeting is also intended to further support these efforts, for which a wider social consensus is needed.

Since the project brings great development opportunities and, according to CHP JU’s calculations, many new jobs can be created in the region as a result of this development, cooperation between all stakeholders is extremely important.