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Spain’s Iberdrola moving forward with Europe’s first large-scale green hydrogen project

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Spanish utility Iberdrola has partnered with European fertiliser giant Fertiberia to build a 100MW solar PV plant with 20MWh battery storage to power one of the largest electrolytic hydrogen production systems in the world.

The €150 million ($A246 million) project will focus on creating green hydrogen from the 20MW electrolyser to be used at the Fertiberia fertilizer plant in Puertollano, making it the first European company in its sector to develop large-scale expertise in the generation of green ammonia. The Puertollano ammonia plant will be updated and modified to use green hydrogen to manufacture green fertilisers.

According to the two companies, the introduction of green hydrogen will reduce the plants natural gas requirements by over 10%.

The new solar + battery + hydrogen project will be built in the municipality of Puertollano, in Ciudad Real, Spain, and is expected to generate 700 jobs. Once operational, the plant is expected to avoid 39,000 tonnes of CO2 each year.

“Today we are launching the first major green hydrogen project in Europe, demonstrating that thanks to renewables and technological innovation, it is possible to continue to meet the needs of the electrification and decarbonisation of our industry,” said Iberdrola chairman Ignacio Galán. ‘

In addition to its primary benefits, the new Puertollano project will also give Iberdrola greater expertise and understanding of the maturation of green hydrogen production. Further, it will help move forward the maturation of the technology, specifically in Spain, where annual hydrogen production is estimated at 0.5Mt H2/year, which is used as a raw material in the refining, chemical and fertilizer industries.

[Joshua S Hill]

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