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The Centre for Carbon-Free Technologies in Zasavje presented


At a ceremony in Zagorje ob Savi, the National Institute of Chemistry presented its intention to establish a Demonstration and Training Centre for Carbon-free technologies, which will be launched in the Zasavje region. It will include the development of a whole segment of green transition technologies: Hydrogen technologies, carbon capture and conversion technologies, and especially the development of advanced battery technologies.

A bridge between the development of advanced carbon-free technologies and industry

Accelerating the green transition is the best way to achieve climate neutrality and ensure the EU's energy independence. To this end, the Carbon-Free Technologies Demonstration and Training Centre will be launched in Zasavje, which will facilitate the acceleration of knowledge transfer from research institutions to industry and commercial use. In the European Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027, the Slovenian state has defined the Centre for Carbon-Free Technologies as a project of strategic importance.

"The centre's equipment will enable synergies between scientists and industry, and thus faster development of carbon-free technologies in Slovenia. Innovative battery technologies are essential for the electrification of various sectors. The establishment of the centre and the equipment that will enable the development of pilot products is therefore extremely important for science and industry in Slovenia and beyond," says Prof. Dr. Robert Dominko, who will head the Laboratory for battery development, preparation and testing at the future development centre.


"Hydrogen appears to be one of the most important forms of energy storage, especially for longer-term challenges. At the same time, together with carbon dioxide capture and greenhouse gas emission reductions, it can provide circular carbon management, especially where direct electrification is not possible or practical," explains Assoc. Prof. Dr. Blaž Likozar, who will head the reaction engineering laboratory for carbon dioxide and hydrogen conversion at the new centre.


"Extremely important in the establishment of the development centre is that it will accelerate the flow of breakthrough domestic knowledge in the field of carbon-free technologies from laboratories to industry and the market. This will have a stimulating effect on the Slovenian economy, especially in the field of new products and services related to the transition to a low-carbon society, which we must persistently strive for," said Prof. Dr. Gregor Anderluh, Director of the National Institute of Chemistry.


"The Zasavje region used to be an energy valley and was therefore largely neglected. With the possibility of opening a development centre for carbon-free technologies, new opportunities and better times are opening up for us to develop into an eco-energy development region, offering opportunities for the development of high technology, the use of knowledge, which we do not lack, and the creation of new jobs. I sincerely look forward to the new opportunities to lead our region to a bright future, where we will build on knowledge and coexistence with nature," says the Mayor of the Municipality of Zagorje ob Savi, Matjaž Švagan, about the plans to build the centre.


At the event, the audience was also addressed by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, Juraj Chmiel, as the Czech Republic currently holds the Presidency of the Council of the EU. He spoke about the importance of investing in science, development and innovation and accelerating green transition efforts in the European Union. Green transition technologies will play a key role in achieving the goal of making Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. These efforts, as well as ensuring energy security in Europe, are also one of the main priorities of the current Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU.


More about the Centre > HERE

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