As part of this EU-funded project, the National Institute of Chemistry will establish a development centre for carbon-free technologies in the Zasavje region. The centre will feature state-of-the-art research infrastructure for the development of zero carbon technologies. It will consist of a battery development and testing laboratory and H2 and CO2 technology demonstration laboratory. The centre will employ at least 15 researchers and other technical staff with the relevant high-tech knowledge. The centre is expected to cooperate with at least 15 companies.
The project will be implemented under the priority Restructuring of coal regions of Slovenia’s Cohesion Policy Programme 2021-2027. As part of the project, research, development, and innovation capacities will be strengthened in the Zasavje region. The Centre for Demonstration and Training in Zero Carbon Technologies that will be the first public research organisation in the Zasavje region will make a key contribution to this. The centre will operate as an internal organisational unit of the National Institute of Chemistry.
‘’This investment will make the region a science hub with positive effects on the economy, delivering new low-carbon products and services while supporting research, development, and innovation activities,’’ said State Secretary at the Ministry of Cohesion and Regional Development Andreja Katič.
The project that is worth a total of 32,102,922 euros will receive a 27 million euro contribution from the Just Transition Fund, more specifically 27,258,599 euros.
The following calls for proposals under the Just Transition Fund are scheduled for 2024: