On 21.05.2021, the Minister of Energy, Mr. Virgil Popescu, visited the National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies – ICSI Rm. Vâlcea.
Discussions were held regarding the National Hydrogen Strategy, given that Romania must achieve its national objectives established at European level, related to decarbonisation and the replacement of fossil fuels in the upcoming years.
During the visit, the laboratories, the state-of-the-art equipment and the hydrogen-based vehicles designed at ICSI were presented.
The main topic focused on technologies for the production of clean hydrogen, as well as the development and use of new hydrogen-based technologies. In this respect, the projects that ICSI carries out in this field were presented, especially HyRo 2.0 (http://184.108.40.206:8181/), which aims to contribute to the implementation of hydrogen-based energy storage technologies in Romania, by expanding the National Center for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells (CNHPC).
Mr. Virgil Popescu, the Minister of Energy: „I gladly accepted the invitation of Mr. Mihai Varlam, ICSI’s Managing Director, to visit the National Research and Development Institute for Cryogenic and Isotopic Technologies from Vâlcea County. I visited the National Center for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells and I want to express my appreciation to the personnel and the important work they do, in a time when hydrogen is about to become the fuel of the future, and Romania must develop technologies on clean energy production. I also saw ROM – EST – the Research Laboratory for Energy Storage and ICSI Nuclear – the Detritiation Unit. Here at ICSI we have specialists and researchers who deserve appreciation for their work. I assured them that they have all my support as Minister of Energy.”
Through the National Center for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells, ICSI Rm. Vâlcea aims to create a strategy with the purpose of developing activities on hydrogen production technologies, energy systems based on fuel cells to obtain electricity and heat, mobile and stationary applications, as well as enhancing the scientific potential both by increasing the level of endowment with high-performance equipment of laboratories, and by developing the level of specialization of human resources, the development of new areas of research in the field of fuel cells.