About this good practice
Hydrogen Master Plan is a tool that defines the main lines of work regarding hydrogen technologies in Aragon in a 4-years period. It is an initiative promoted by Department of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Government of Aragon through the Aragon Hydrogen Foundation. Up to date, fourth editions of the Hydrogen Master Plan have been released.
The methodology applied for the development of the Master Plan consists of an 4-stage internal analysis divided:
- review of the previous Master Plan,
- review of the current state-of-the-art of hydrogen
- identification of the main lines of work for the new Master Plan (related to: production, storage, distribution, applications, technology transfer, protection and economic impact),
- training and increase of awareness.
Then, an external analysis is carried out, consisting of a participatory process focused on the main lines of work. To this end, two rounds of working groups had been set up with the participation of companies and entities from the public and private sector. In the first round, at national level, the degree of execution of the previous Master Plan was presented, and new potential lines of work were discussed. In the second round of roundtables, at regional level, the aim was to review the proposals received and set the regional strategic line.
Finally, as a result of those approaches, the Master Plan was generated, and a results-oriented monitoring system was implemented.
The work is carried out by technical staff of the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon with the technical assistance of an external consultant, subcontracted for a value of 14,800.00 euros.
The process of internal analysis and roundtables takes more than one year.
Evidence of success
Currently, the Hydrogen Master Plan in Aragon is in its fourth edition, with a larger number of participating entities in each development process and, edition after edition, achieving greater compliance with development indicators and objectives.
The specific objectives of each line of action and the general development objectives have assigned milestones of achievement to be midway through the period of the Master Plan, and at the end of the mid-term of the Master Plan.
Potential for learning or transfer
The methodology of developing a master plan can be transferred and implemented in regions or countries that want to set concrete targets for hydrogen deployment and involve the industrial network of the region, even implementing a national or regional plan.
The different phases of the methodology allow to know the state of the art of hydrogen and to design concrete and measurable objectives to be addressed in the next four years in the concerning region.
In Aragon, the fact of having a Hydrogen Master Plan has made possible to monitor the progress made in the previous Master Plans, between 2007 and 2010, between 2011 and 2015, and between 2016 and 2020, as well as to set new objectives for the 2021-2026 timeframe, a reference that can be used for other regions too.