Preparing socio and economic evaluations of future H2 lighthouse projects
During the past decade hydrogen technology has been tested and demonstrated throughout Europe. The reason is mainly that people have high hopes for this new energy carrier that can be made from various local feed stocks but hydrogen technology is quite different from carbonated fuels that we are used to so people have come up with innovative ways to put this emerging technology to the test.
In many cases there have been gaps between EU funded projects and the local national goals and objectives. For example, national funded project do not always disseminate results at European level and therefore sometimes it is difficult to get information on what was done, how, results etc. There is sometimes not the same demand from national bodies as the EU. These differences between stakeholders, for example, set an unbalanced stage and prevent all aspects of the project to be successfully accepted at all levels. Although on text this is very general, this issue is extremely problematic and this fragmentation between stakeholders justifies the need for Prepar-H2, which is to create a systematic social and economic context for hydrogen lighthouse projects thereby ameliorating communication gaps and providing value and insight for future hydrogen related projects. The goal of the Prepar-H2 project was to identify if gaps appeared regarding social and economic issues by collecting views and information with interviews with key players carrying out hydrogen demonstration projects.
Number of projects have earlier addressed socio-economic settings for hydrogen. The goal for PreparH2 was to gain insight to experiences of those actually carrying out responsibilities in projects at all levels. Many of these field workers have not been allowed to express themselves in public due to restrictions set by main stakeholders so far. By collecting this feedback recommendations were created for future H2 light-house projects so that they could better address topics of relevance in the field of project management and socio and economic issues.
The outcome is a list of recommendations which are published along with all other documents at the project web page. The recommendations are meant to help future projects to conduct correct engagement and emphasis on socio-economic issues and also point out key issues which should be incorporated into future demo projects.