European H2GLOBAL project: two trips organised to France and Portugal to promote the export activities of hydrogen producers
The purpose of the H2GLOBAL project – in which Capenergies is a stakeholder – is to support European SMEs in the green hydrogen sector to develop their export market. One of the ways of doing this is through organising trips to partner countries.
On 9 & 10 May 2022, it was the PACA region’s turn to showcase its H2 ecosystem during a visit jointly organised with the investment & economic development agency called risingSUD and its German partner, Zenit GmbH, via the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN).
The European delegation comprising Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and German companies, were able to fully appreciate the region’s vitality in the hydrogen sector during its visit of two symbolic sites:
– Helion Hydrogen Power’s fuel cell production platform
– Jupiter 1000, which is the first French power-to-gas demonstrator exploiting two fuel cell technologies and run by the French natural gas transmission system operator, GRTgaz, in Fos-sur-Mer.
Discussions were continued within the scope of B2B meetings between the European companies, competitiveness clusters and regional companies taking part in the event, generating about 50 individual meetings.
On 21 & 22 June 2022, the H2GLOBAL partners organised another trip, this time to Lisbon in Portugal, which was hosted by the Portuguese competitiveness & energy technology cluster, EnergyIN.
Several Italian and Portuguese companies were in attendance, together with two member companies (CMR Group and MGH-Energy) from Capenergies, where they were shown two future green hydrogen production plants:
- The GreenH2Atlantic project, which is designed to produce green hydrogen using an 100 MW alkaline electrolyser combined with renewable energy sources. This new facility will be built on the site of a former coal-fired power plant belonging to EDP that is currently being dismantled. This hydrogen production hub is expected to be commissioned in late 2025. It will help decarbonise industries such as the Petrogal refinery and make the existing natural gas network operated by REN more environmentally friendly through the contribution of renewable hydrogen.
- The Galp refinery, which is the largest hydrogen producer and user in Portugal, generating about 120,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year on average.
Galp is also involved in the launch of the first hydrogen service station in Portugal, which will be used to supply a fleet of hydrogen-powered buses. In the longer term, Galp is examining the possibility of other ambitious projects, such as partnerships involving the production of green hydrogen that use renewable energies, combined with the decarbonisation of industrial processes and mobility. Another potential solution is based on the injection of green hydrogen into existing natural gas networks.
The H2GLOBAL partners will be heading to Spain in September 2022, followed by Poland on 4 & 5 October, and Italy on 10 & 11 November 2022.
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