Exolum, Naturgy and Enagás, this latter through its subsidiary Scale Gas, have signed an agreement for the joint analysis and development of green hydrogen production, distribution and supply infrastructures for the mobility industry through the whole Spanish territory. It represents the creation of the first major hydrogen alliance for mobility corridors. The project is named Win4H2.
The agreement includes the development of a network of 50 hydrogen stations offering a uniform presence across Spain of this energy vector so that any user may choose green hydrogen with a guaranteed supply anywhere in mainland Spain.
Potential beneficiaries of green hydrogen for mobility include sectors such as the public administration, passenger transport, logistics, taxis, private vehicles, port and airport baggage logistics, in addition to other potential large consumers in the so-called hydrogen valleys.
The aim of these corridors is to establish a network of renewable hydrogen supply points located approximately 300 km apart from each other and covering the whole national territory, thus allowing the establishment of national logistics routes with supply guarantee and connection to international routes.
Such configuration would allow the supply to an area of influence or service within a radius of 150 km around each facility. For this purpose, it is expected that a green hydrogen generation capacity of 4,000-7,000 tonnes per year will be available in the initial stage through a scalable design based on market evolution.
The network will be implemented gradually, reaching out to both public and private entities for cooperation through public funding, in an effort to comply with the Hydrogen Roadmap published by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, promote the development of the hydrogen industry in Spain and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the mobility sector.
The three companies are already designing the first route, which will supply green H2 to the cities of Madrid, Valencia and Murcia/Cartagena, as well as connecting them to each other through a hydrogen corridor, thus promoting the movement of sustainable fuel powered vehicles in those areas. This first route was selected based on the high volume of heavy-weight cargo and passenger transport.
The infrastructures required to meet the hydrogen demand to be initially identified will be designed, built and operated at each of the selected locations, enabling scaling in order to meet any demand increases that may arise at any given moment.
An initiative open to other agents in the industry
Exolum, Naturgy and Enagás offer extensive experience going back decades in the design, construction and management of energy production, distribution and supply infrastructures, as well as in the development of sustainable business models in the energy industry.
The agreement, which was signed during the European Mobility Week, also provides for the creation of relationships and alliances with various companies interested in hydrogen consumption or in participating in any step of the hydrogen value chain with the purpose of developing technologies that, coupled with the development of competences and skills in the Spanish business structure, allow the market to grow in a situation of competitive fairness vis-à-vis other energy vectors and make Spain an international reference in the renewable hydrogen industry.
Furthermore, all three companies submitted their renewable hydrogen project portfolios in the expressions of interest published by the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge and by the Ministry of Industry, which include various projects to be implemented in mainland Spain and the Balearic and Canary Islands. Some of those projects also consist in participation in consortia aimed at the implementation of European-level projects.