As many as 37 entities, institutions and universities signed an agreement to establish Mazovian Hydrogen Valley, led by PKN Orlen. The Educational Research Institute was invited to participate in this project. At a ceremonial meeting at PKN Orlen's headquarters in Płock, the Institute was represented by Dr. Jakub Koper, the Institute’s Deputy Director, who signed the agreement on behalf of the Institute, and Michał Nowakowski, IQS4 Project Leader.
Mazovian Hydrogen Valley will be a place for the development and implementation of new hydrogen technologies, including the training of future personnel for this sector of the economy. At least five hydrogen valleys will be established in Poland to develop technologies based on this fuel. Each valley will become a centre for research, development, improvement and education in using hydrogen in the economy. Currently, there are 36 hydrogen valleys located in 20 countries worldwide, of which more than 20 are in Europe.
In addition to being a signatory of the agreement, IBE will also participate in launching the Hydrogen and Emerging Technologies Academy. The aim of this initiative is to respond to the emerging competence needs of key Polish energy companies operating within all hydrogen valleys. The academy will create tailor-made courses for hydrogen technology specialists on a specially created educational platform. The Badge+ system is also planned to be used to award digital certificates as part of the Academy's activities.