Iberdrola leads the development of green hydrogen around the world
In its commitment to promoting the energy transition, Iberdrola leads the development of green hydrogen with more than 60 projects in eight countries (Spain, United Kingdom, Brazil, United States, among others) to respond to decarbonization needs.27 May 2022
To meet climate goals, electrification is essential. However, for technological reasons it is difficult to electrify the consumption of industrial sectors such as fertilizers, refining and the high temperature industry and heavy transport. For them, the production of green hydrogen by electrolysis from 100% renewable energy is key to achieving climate neutrality.
As it did with renewables 20 years ago, the company has become the `first mover´ in this new technological challenge involving the production and supply of green hydrogen. Iberdrola is thus at the forefront of this new renewable revolution, supporting the industry to reduce its polluting emissions.
Within Iberdrola's 2030 investment plan, which reaches 150,000 million euros, green hydrogen will be a great growth vector. Iberdrola is already developing several projects that will allow the decarbonization of industry and heavy transport, as well as developing its value chain. The group currently has a portfolio of green hydrogen projects that will require investments of 9,000 million euros by 2030, with the aim of developing 4 GW of electrolysers.
With an investment of 150 million euros, the plant will prevent the emission of 48,000 tons of carbon dioxide per year. The green hydrogen produced in it will be used in the ammonia factory that Grupo Fertiberia has in the town which, thanks to this technology, will be able to reduce the plant's natural gas needs by up to 10% and will be the first European company in the sector to develops a large-scale experience of green ammonia generation.
The facility will supply other fleets of heavy vehicles and industries in the area that adopt this vector as an energy solution and aims to generate a tractor effect around this technology and promote the creation of a green hydrogen hub in one of the main industrial areas of the country, in line with the principles of the European Hydrogen Strategy and the Hydrogen Roadmap of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge.
The alliance aims to promote comprehensive sustainable mobility solutions, from the supply of rolling stock and refueling infrastructure, to green hydrogen production plants and renewable energy infrastructure.
The collaboration agreement also seeks to develop the renewable hydrogen value chain, helping local companies to promote technology and production capacity to promote the transformation of the sector in Spain and compete in the international market.
This project has the support of the British Government, which has allocated 9.4 million pounds (more than 11 million euros) to its construction from the energy innovation portfolio of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS for its acronym in English).
The project will help clean public transport of emissions and improve air quality in the Greater Glasgow area, which aims to become the UK's first zero-emissions municipality by 2030. Once completed, the facility will be able to supply enough zero-emission hydrogen to power up to 550 daily return buses between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
This transport line, of more than 300 km, is strategic to connect the inland areas of Italy, which crosses Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo, passing through Perugia, Terni, Rieti and L'Aquila. The line is partially de-electrified and is used by diesel trains that have reached the end of their useful life: switching to green hydrogen power will drastically reduce costs compared to traditional electrification and bring innovation and development to areas under depopulation and deindustrialization.
This Cluster will integrate up to 600 MW of electrolyzers and has the support of more than 80 companies, including Navantia, Electroquimica Onubense, Alsa, Caf, Acotral, Nippon Gases, Inerco, Ariema, Calvera, Clantech, Centro Nacional Del Hidrogeno, H2b2, Intarcon, Keyter and Hiperbaric.
With this project, 20,000 total jobs will be created, between direct and induced, and will involve an investment of 2,200 million euros.
Statements - Millán García-Tola, Director of Green Hydrogen at Iberdrola:
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