Smart Hydrogen to integrate renewable energy generation, storage, transportation and delivery

INTERREG NWE project GenComm will address the energy sustainability challenges of NWE communities through the implementation of a smart, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The project certifies the commercial maturity of hydrogen technologies by implementing 3 pilot plants, linking the 3 main northwest European renewable sources, Solar Power, Wind Power and Bioenergy, with energy storage and the main forms of energetic demand; heat, power and transportation fuels. Based on the pilot plants; integrated technical and financial simulation models will be developed. Together, both models will form a Decision Support Tool that provides a roadmap for communities to transition to renewable, hydrogen-based energy matrixes. The final goal of the project is, through the combination of sources and forms of demand, to lead NWE’s road to sustainability while granting hydrogen its position as a commercially viable energy medium for the future.


Project Main Objective

GenComm will technically and financially validate and model the renewable H2 value chain and adapt it to a Decision Support Tool (DST) that leads NWE communities into sustainable, local and autonomous energy matrixes. The DST is directed to community energy stakeholders (utilities, policy-makers and private firms in the energy sector), as the key agents to implement the proposed matrix. The project will first engage energetically and territorial remote communities to then address the rest of NWE.

Project Sub-Objectives

a) Empower communities to implement hydrogen-based energy matrixes to sustainably satisfy their energetic demand.

b) Stimulate the uptake of renewable hydrogen-based technologies by successfully running 3 demonstration facilities.

c) Establish a strong group of energy stakeholders devoted to, through the use of hydrogen, “sustainabilise” the energy matrix of the NWE region.


Scheme Hydrogen Refuelling station in Saarbrücken Burbach



         FKZ NWE334


  • BelfastMET (UK)


  •  National University of Ireland Galway (IRL)
  • University Institut National des Sciences Appliquées Rouen Normandie (FRA)
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BEL)
  • Pure Energy Centre (UK)
  • Viridian Group Ltd (UK)
  • TK Renewables (UK)
  • Williams Industrial Services (UK)


03/2017 to 03/2020