Repsol Is Pushing A Consortium To Develop A Groundbreaking Hydrogen Power Plant

2021-01-27   |   by CusiGO

Repsol took another step in the hydrogen bet. Following the projects announced a few months ago in connection with the somorrostro, Cartagena and puertolano refineries, it now forms a consortium with 14 other different entities, the first of which is to develop a project called h24all. The consortium has applied for European Green deal financing, with the goal of building the first 100 megawatt (MW) alkaline electrolysis unit in Europe, which will connect with petronor industrial center in Basque countries.

The project aims to pave the way for a more competitive new hydrogen industry based on European knowledge and innovation through the development, construction and operation of a 100 MW high pressure alkaline electrolyzer. According to the energy group, “the sustainability of the developed technology will be proven in actual operation, meet the requirements of end users and meet the market requirements of competitive low hydrocarbon production.”.

The entities forming the consortium represent the entire hydrogen value chain and belong to six countries (Belgium, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Spain and Turkey), including Norwegian hydrogen company and Ford Motor Company. Partners include research centers, material suppliers, engineering companies specializing in electrolyzers, electricity intensive industries, energy and automotive companies, universities and industry associations. They have rich experience in this field, maintain high safety standards in operation, and promise to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

In the h24all project, partners will develop and integrate different innovative solutions in a record time, which together represent significant progress in renewable hydrogen production technology. The project also aims to demonstrate the feasibility of large electrolyzers, improve the competitiveness of the technology, reduce the investment required for the construction of the electrolyzer, and reduce the operating cost of up to 3 euro / kg renewable hydrogen.

The results of the project will serve as a reference for pre commercial validation of innovative and competitive technologies. The business cases analyzed during the project will also provide quantitative evidence to reduce the risk of the infrastructure required to deploy renewable hydrogen as an energy carrier across Europe. The project includes three years of research, development and construction of electrolyzers, as well as two years of additional operation for technical demonstration and validation.

This initiative will greatly promote the technological development of renewable hydrogen production and will have a positive impact on other industries, such as liquidity, oil refining, synthetic fuel production and renewable energy power generation.

Repsol said it intends to lead renewable hydrogen production in the Iberian Peninsula to 400 megawatts by 2025. The company is currently Spain’s largest hydrogen consumer and producer. In addition to the technical capabilities of Repsol technology laboratory, it will also provide the consortium with rich hydrogen knowledge and experience. The project is another key step of Repsol’s leading energy transformation, Carbon neutral by 2050.