Teplárny Brno are a reliable heat supplier since 1930, when the first heating plant in Central Europe was built in the center of Brno. With its construction, 68 smoking chimneys were replaced by one, and residents could immediately notice a decrease in air emissions. The thinking of energy professionals in Brno can thus be described as "green", when this term has been waiting a long time for it to take effect.
Today are Teplárny Brno the fourth largest heating plant in the Czech Republic and at the same time the largest consumer of natural gas. The Brno heating plants fully transformed their operations into natural gas years ago. The sole owner of the Teplárny Brno shares is the Statutory City of Brno. There are four plants connected to the central heat supply network (which Teplárny Brno also owns and operates). It supplies over one hundred thousand customers - households, schools, hospitals, etc.
In 2018, Teplárny Brno was entrusted by the management of the City of Brno with the elaboration of the Energy Concept of the City of Brno. Already at that time, hydrogen was emphasized as a possible future for energy. In 2021, Teplárna Brno managed to initiate the conclusion of an international Memorandum of Cooperation on the use of hydrogen in the energy and public transport of the city of Brno. The signatories of the memorandum were the City of Brno, the city energy companies, the Transport Company of the City of Brno, a representative of the academic sphere of Technical University of Brno and also a german consulting company. Based on the memorandum, a working group was formed, which actively seeks to move things forward.
Currently, one of the outputs of the working group around the memorandum is the already signed contract for the supply of a feasibility study between Teplárna Brno and BUT. The feasibility study is to examine the possibility of placing the electrolyser at one of the heating plant's facilities. The hydrogen produced should be primarily intended for buses of the Transport Company of the City of Brno. The deadline for completion of the study is the end of June 2022, and then it should proceed to order documentation for the construction and implementation itself. Commissioning is ideally expected by the end of 2023.