Iberdrola, one of the world’s biggest energy companies and a leader in renewable energy, today unveiled its new €150 million green hydrogen plant in Puertollano (Ciudad Real) at a state opening led by His Majesty the King of Spain.
The plant, which will produce up to 3,000 tons of green hydrogen per year and avoid 78,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually, is the largest facility producing the clean fuel for industrial use in Europe.
Generating 100% green hydrogen through one of the world’s largest electrolysis systems, the project also includes a new 100 MW solar PV plant and a 20 MWh lithium-ion battery storage system. The new solar plant will use state of the art bifacial modules, which allow for higher energy production. This innovative design will produce 156,000 MWh annually, equivalent to supplying clean energy to more than 47,000 homes.
Speaking at the event, Ignacio Galán, CEO and Chairman at Iberdrola, highlighted that the Puertollano project was part of the company’s strategy to invest in “all technologies that contribute to the decarbonisation of the economy and increase energy independence”. Mr. Galán also expressed his confidence that public administrations would continue to offer their full support ” to ensure Spain continues to be a leading country in sectors of the future, such as renewable energy and green hydrogen, benefitting from the industrial opportunities created.”.
Green hydrogen technology has the potential to decarbonise sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as fertilisers, high-temperature industry, and heavy transport. The green hydrogen produced at the Puertollano project will be used by Fertiberia Group in its fertiliser plant, reducing its natural gas needs. As a result, Fertiberia will become the first European fertiliser company to capitalise on green hydrogen’s potential on an industrial scale.
Iberdrola is also at the initial stages of developing a “green heat network” for the town of Puertollano, which could utilise the residual heat produced in the plant during the electrolysis process. The commissioning of the Puertollano plant represents the first phase of a plan agreed by both companies, which will see the development of 800 MW of green hydrogen production facilities between now and 2027, with a total investment of €1.8 billion. Globally the Iberdrola Group is developing more than 60 green hydrogen projects. This includes two of the largest in the UK through ScottishPower, at Whitelee Windfarm near Glasgow, and the Cromarty Hydrogen Project located to the north of Inverness.
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