Spain, a great potential for a green hydrogen corridor towards Central/Northern Europe

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Antón Martínez, Chief Transformation Officer, Enagás
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Improving our energy model in order to bring us closer to a low-carbon economy, while making the world more sustainable, is one of the most important challenges we currently face.

Within this context, non-electric renewables (biogas/biomethane and hydrogen) are being considered as feasible solutions to enable the energy transition and the decarbonisation process, especially in those sectors where electrification is not possible (heavy/maritime transport and industrial sector, among others).

In particular, green hydrogen is a promising energy vector as it:

  • can be used as storage to manage the excess of renewable energy,
  • is versatile in terms of sources (electricity, synthetic gas or heat) and uses (industry and mobility, among others).

Taking the above into account, and having in mind the remarkable importance and privileged position of Spain regarding renewable energy generation and its security and diversification of gas supply, thanks to a robust gas network, there is a great potential for the development of a green corridor of renewable hydrogen in Spain, covering the complete hydrogen value chain.

This corridor would imply the production, transport and application of green hydrogen, enabling electricity and gas sector coupling and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Europe.

Based on the above, and having in mind its commitment to the decarbonization process, Enagás has developed an action plan for hydrogen which is based in three main pillars:

  • Development of flagship projects, such as the Mallorca island one, which aim is to produce green hydrogen from photovoltaic energy mainly for its use in mobility and its injection into the gas grid.
  • Development of I+D+I projects and new technologies for the production of hydrogen from renewables, as the one under development by Repsol and Enagás, which aim is to produce green hydrogen directly from solar energy and without the use of an electrolyzer.
  • Development of National Hubs for the conversion of renewable energy into green hydrogen, to be injected into the gas grid or used in mobility, industry, residential and tertiary applications. Based on this concept, and taking into account that the European Commission has identified, within the Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI) context, the “Hydrogen technologies and systems” as a Strategic Value-chain, Enagás has presented the “Green Spider” IPCEI project, which contemplates the development of five National Hubs: Asturias, Aragón, Baleares, Castilla-León and País Vasco.

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