About the European Hydrogen Week 2023
The 2023 edition of the European Hydrogen Week took place on 20-24 November at Brussels Expo, co-organised by Hydrogen Europe in cooperation with the European Commission and the Clean Hydrogen Partnership.
Over 800 stakeholders of the hydrogen community got together for the week of all things hydrogen.
More than 200 exhibitors, including from representatives of international partners Brazil and South Africa, populated the exhibition floor with their innovative products, projects, and plans. Over 200 speakers were involved in bringing lively and fascinating discussions across 27 sessions between the High-Level Policy Conference and B2B Forum.
The week was bookended by two major announcements for the hydrogen sector: on Monday, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen informed attendees that the second European Hydrogen Bank auction would take place in Spring 2024 with a budget of €2.2 billion. This figure is nearly triple the budget of the pilot auction and meets the €3 billion commitment first made by President von der Leyen in her 2022 State of the Union address.
Speaking of the pilot auction, former Dutch foreign minister and current European Commissioner for Climate Action Wopke Hoekstra arrived at the event on Thursday to officially launch the €800m competition. Bidding is now open and a decision on winning projects is expected by April 2024.
“It has been another fantastic European Hydrogen Week and we would like to thank all of our exhibitors, sponsors, supporters, partners, speakers and visitors for making it so successful. We have been able to engage in important dialogue, share knowledge and visions of the future, and we have also heard huge announcements that will reverberate across the hydrogen sector,” said Jorgo Chatzimarkakis, CEO of Hydrogen Europe.
The week saw the publication of several Hydrogen Europe products: the yearly Heroes of Hydrogen photo book, the Clean Hydrogen Monitor 2023, as well as issue number 5 of the Hydrogen Europe Quarterly Magazine.