Natuji Plans To Build 38 “Hydro Generators” In Spain By 2025

2021-02-09   |   by CusiGO

Naturgy has proposed a project to build 38 hydrogen filling stations (hydro generators) at the national level, aiming at providing hydrogen filling services for the inter city environment, thus enhancing the sustainable mobility of the Iberian Peninsula. In the second phase, the entire infrastructure will reach 120 hydro generators. The project has been submitted to the Ministry of ecological transformation and population challenges, the Ministry of industry, trade and tourism, and the Ministry of science and innovation.

In the first phase of the initiative, two hydro generator models were proposed: 20 hydro generators generate hydrogen in the plant through electrolyzers or external devices, and 18 hydro generators do not generate hydrogen in the field. In all these cases, hydrogen shall be supplied to the vehicle through a pump suitable for the vehicle requirements.

The network of 38 hydro generators will be distributed throughout the country, utilizing the company’s hydrogen production centers in laro braa, Mira, Valencia, Palos de la francera and San Juan Alcazar. Of these, six are in Andalusia; five are in Castilla Raman; four are in Castilla and Leon and Catalonia; three are in the Madrid community; two are in Galicia, Valencia community, Murcia region, Aragon, Navara and Estremadura; one is in the Balearic Islands, Asturias, Cantabria and Basque countries.

The company estimates that 38 hydro generators will be in operation by 2025, but 80% of them will be in operation between 2023 and 2024. The development is based on a potential demand of about 75500 kg of hydrogen per year, equivalent to refuelling 13 buses or 100 light vehicles. In addition, it will then assess whether the hydropower network can provide electricity for rail transport in the national grid.

In terms of environment, compared with traditional technologies, using the new technologies proposed by the project means reducing emissions. The company estimates that the non renewable primary energy saving is 124gwh / year, and the emission reduction is more than 30000 tons of CO2 / year.

The deployment of this hydrogen generator network is an innovation as it will help meet the needs of sustainable mobility development and expand the European network of hydrogen fuel filling stations. In addition, it will validate a new infrastructure model that will increase synergy with the company’s natural gas network (gas stations) already operating in Europe.

Green hydrogen is one of the main levers of decarbonization in national and European energy sectors, although its penetration as a renewable energy carrier is still in a very early stage. The forecast shows that the global demand for about 60 million tons of hydrogen may increase by 60% to 120% in the next decade. Spain, due to its geographical and climatic characteristics, has the most potential for hydrogen production in Europe, Its potential is more than 3000 TWH per year, and the roadmap includes renewable hydrogen with an installed capacity of 4 GW electrolyzer by 2030 as its national goal.