The European Project HYMANTOVALLEY aims to demonstrate the de-carbonization of a rather polluted area of Europe, the Po Valley, through the construction of a replicable green ecosystem, as an integrated model of hydrogen production, storage, transport and use for heat, energy and mobility, including the development and use of hydrogen and zero-emission ships, trains, buses and buildings.

The project engages 16 partners from 4 European nations: public entities, private entities specialized in energy production and storage, logistics companies, universities, and research centers among the most significant at both Italian and international levels.

HYMANTOVALLEY is located in the province of Mantova, close to two Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) corridors. The project includes a European Center for Applied Research and Advanced Hydrogen Training focused on hydrogen value chain optimization and innovation, managed by international universities.

The project started on September 1st, 2023 and it will last for 3 years.


The Unesco Research Lab, Politecnico di Milano, is involved in the WP5 “Applied Research Hub” and in the WP7 “H2 ecosystem: comunication and dissemination“. In particular:

  • Masterplan of the Project Area, oriented toward the sustainability goals, with integration of flows, production activities and research facilities 
  • 3D survey of the area conducted by UAS monitoring with lidar sensor and thermal imaging camera
  • Architectural design of the Research Campus, energy efficient and sustainable, and development of the infrastructural and architectural model in an integrated GIS/BIM environment
  • Communication and dissemination of Polimi research activities