COGEN Europe, the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration, is delighted that Helbio has become its latest member. Helbio operates in the hydrogen and energy production sector. More precisely, Helbio develops hydrogen production systems for industrial use and integrated systems with fuel cells for cogeneration production.
“With the European Green Deal gaining momentum, it is important that we ensure energy efficiency is a key element of all its different policy initiatives. We need to ramp up the deployment of renewable and energy efficient solutions to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. Our future energy system shall be carbon neutral, resilient and decentralised with empowered citizens and businesses generating their own power and heat. We believe cogeneration will be the cornerstone to build that system in an affordable way,” Hans Korteweg, Managing Director of COGEN Europe, explains. “Therefore, we are happy to have a strong and dedicated player such as Helbio on board. Together, we will promote this vision and put Europe on the right track to a carbon neutral future,” Mr. Korteweg continues.
Mrs. Melissa Verykios, Helbio’s Business Director stated: “Helbio is thrilled to join the community of COGEN Europe. As the leading European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration and one of the most innovative incubators of cogeneration efficiency, this team of COGEN Europe can effectively drive awareness and focus for Europe and the world to make the swift change to climate neutrality by 2050. The Helbio team is prepared to play a major role in the unfolding of widespread hydrogen technologies in decentralised and negative carbon applications around the globe, through Helbio’s highly efficient technologies in micro-cogeneration, transport and industrial hydrogen production. Helbio believes that today’s momentum and synergies are the pathways to create economies of scale, and to prove how hydrogen can be the affordable energy source, available to everyone very soon”.
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HELBIO S.A., a high-tech Company which initiated its activities in 2003 operating in the field of hydrogen and energy production sector, has established a leading position worldwide in hydrogen production from bio-fuels and possesses key expertise in catalysis, reaction engineering, process design and system integration and control. Of primary interest to Helbio is the production of renewable hydrogen, by utilization of biomass components and derivatives.
HELBIO develops hydrogen production systems for industrial use in the range of (20-300 m3/h) and integrated with fuel cells for Combined Heat and Power APU and CHP systems of up to 20 kW production. The multi-fuel systems are designed and manufactured for operation with both liquid and gaseous fuels, such as Natural Gas, LPG, propane, biogas and bio-ethanol.
About COGEN Europe
COGEN Europe, the European Association for the Promotion of Cogeneration, is the cross-sectoral voice of the cogeneration industry. Its mission is to work with EU institutions and stakeholders to shape better policies and eliminate administrative, regulatory and market barriers to the wider use of cogeneration in Europe. The cogeneration sector is committed to the creation of a resilient, decentralised and carbon neutral European energy system by 2050 with cogeneration as its backbone, empowering European citizens and industry to generate their own efficient, reliable and affordable clean heat and power locally.
Background information about cogeneration
By recovering heat that would normally be wasted in power-only generation processes, cogeneration makes Europe’s energy system more efficient, saves energy, cuts CO2 emissions and lowers energy costs. Cogeneration provides flexibility across heat, electricity and gas networks and sectors by relying on short, medium and long-term storage to balance energy supply and demand. As such, it will play a key role in integrating renewable energy, such as variable wind and solar power, but also dispatchable sources like biomass, biogas and hydrogen, maximising their efficient use and value in the economy. Another key benefit is that, being located close to the point of consumption, cogeneration avoids costly and lengthy grid reinforcements.
Cogeneration currently provides 11% of Europe’s electricity and 15% of its heat, contributing up to 21% of the EU’s CO2 reduction target and 14% of the EU’s energy efficiency target. In its new vision, the cogeneration sector sees a growing pathway for cogeneration in Europe. By 2030, cogeneration could provide 20% of electricity and 25% of heat in Europe, contributing up to 23% of the EU’s CO2 reduction target and 18% of the EU’s energy efficiency target. By 2050, the sector would like to double the capacity of cogeneration in the EU energy mix by ensuring that cogeneration is prioritised for all thermally generated electricity and heat, in so doing avoiding wasting valuable energy.