Hydrogen projects announced in Italy, Niger and Portugal

In Porto Marghera, Eni promotes the development of the Hydrogen Valley by investing throughout the supply chain.

Edison, Eni and Ansaldo Energia have signed an agreement to launch a feasibility study for hydrogen production.

The partners will explore ways to produce green hydrogen or blue hydrogen with natural gas to replace a portion of natural gas as fuel for the new Edison plant in Porto Marghera.

The plant, which will enter commercial operation within the second half of this year, is the latest generation combined cycle with a total power of 780 MW and will use a high-efficiency turbine equipped using technology designed to be powered by hydrogen.

The agreement stems from the need to develop the skills and technologies needed to contribute to the decarbonisation of the electricity sector, in line with the European Green Deal.

Eni aims to become the main operator in producing and using decarbonised hydrogen in Italy. In Porto Marghera, Eni promotes the development of the Hydrogen Valley by investing throughout the supply chain, from biofuels to hydrogen for sustainable mobility and, thanks to the agreement with Edison and Ansaldo Energia, also for electricity generation.

 Agreement to develop green hydrogen in Niger

The government of the Republic of Niger has signed an agreement with Emerging Energy Corporation (EEC) to work together to explore and develop commercial green hydrogen projects in Niger.

Emerging Energy Corp will also invest in various projects to decarbonise oil field operations and refineries in Niger with carbon capture technologies and produce green hydrogen by electrolysis, using renewable power.

Both parties will find opportunities to demand the product and prepare Niger to become a hub for green hydrogen production in the region. Green hydrogen produced in the Niger Republic is an important driver to accelerate industrial decarbonisation and contribute to the electrification of processes besides generating more competitive and decentralised dynamics by joining the different market segments.

Fusion Fuel and KEME Energy to develop hydrogen farm in Sines, Portugal

Fusion Fuel Green plc has agreed with KEME Energy to install a green hydrogen production facility in Sines using its integrated HEVO-Solar technology.

The project, which is expected to require a capital investment of €2.54 million, would have an equivalent electrolysis capacity of 1.22 MW and produce an estimated 77 tonnes/year of green hydrogen. The Sines Renewable Energy Community will use the output from the facility.

The project, which has already been approved for €2.4 million of grant funding from Portugal’s POSEUR program, will be developed in the Sines Industrial and Logistics Zone (ZILS), where KEME Energy has leased 4.8 hectares from AICEP Globalparques. The project is expected to be a net contributor to the aggressive decarbonisation targets laid out by the Portuguese government for the industrial and heavy transport sectors.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: 02081237815
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