iberdrola presented before King Philip VIits production facility green hydrogen which will supply Fertiberia for the production of ammonia, the first stone of a project with a horizon of 2027, and 2,000 million euro investment this will be expanded to the factory in Palos de la Frontera (Huelva).
As clearly stated in the presentation, to achieve the set goals, 200 facilities will be required as follows. Puertollano in 2030.
Herb It will produce 360 kilos of green hydrogen per hour, up to 3,000 tons per yearIt becomes a reality after 15 months of construction, preventing the release of 48,000 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere and on an area of 7 hectares.
count with one building that receives the energy produced in the photovoltaic plant located a few kilometers away, from there it goes to the electrolyzer building, which is the heart of the plant.
From there, the hydrogen is stored until stable conditions for its transport are established and can finally be sent to Feriberia for use in ammonia production. Additionally, a dozen wind turbines operate to cool the water in the process and allow production.
Chose as Iberdrola Preferred supplier of European company Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser For the construction of the hydrogen production system by electrolysis, which will be based on the proton PEM solution – part of Nel ASA -.
Basque company Elecnor has undertaken the electrical installation of the Puertollano facility and will supply materials such as electrical panels and cabinets, supports, pipes and lighting; Construcciones Electromecánicas Consonni will manufacture the medium voltage equipment at its factory in Bilbao.
“Do not trust third parties”
The company’s president, Ignacio Sánchez Galán, was responsible for taking action. valuing the “need” the country should have energy sources autochthonous “In order not to be dependent on third parties”.
In his own words, a strategy that shows how “Iberdrola” decarbonization“When it comes to energy production thanks to hydrogen, By producing “fossil-free” raw materials, “one of the technologies that allows the elimination of emissions in high temperature industrial processes and transportation”.
A facility designed by “many Spanish companies” contributors with electronics, the equipped photovoltaic plant, or Fertiberia herself, who is currently betting on hydrogen as an energy source for the production process.
This new factory would not have been possible without the work of Cummings, a Norwegian company that supplies electrolyzers and has Europe’s largest factory planned in Guadalajara.
for everything Establishing “the first phase of a more ambitious project” with an investment of 2,000 million euros for example to “replace natural gas with solar” used for ammonia production.
At this point, he expressed his confidence that public administrations are committed to “with the development of these projects” so that a “virtuous clean energy cycle” is “self-sufficient” and “education and Task quality”.
“Let’s continue to make Spain a leader in sectors of the future such as renewable energy, green hydrogen or the ammonia it will produce,” he said.
The person responsible for starting the plant, Agustín Delgado, recalled the time on March 12, 2020, when Sánchez Galán entrusted this project to him.
To do this, he sought “best allies” like Fertiberia and demonstrating the “executive capacity” that allowed us to own this factory in just two years.
To illustrate why green hydrogen is important, he gave an example by making the current energy sector “unsustainable” in Spain, with data pointing to more than 40,000 million euros per year in fuel purchases and a 70% dependency from Turkey. The foreign market also releases 250 million tons of CO2 per year into the atmosphere.
Some of the raw materials that can be obtained using green hydrogen would be methanol, green steel or ammonia.
On the other hand, Nerea Bartolomé from Iberdrola explained how. Spain “already committed” to national Energy and Climate plan This already suggests that by 2030, 75% of electricity will come from renewable sources. The target to be reached after 20 years should be one hundred percent.
More uses for hydrogen
Begoña Gómez, director of the Foresa facility in Caldas de Rei, joined the action, which showed that hydrogen has other uses beyond energy-related uses.
For instance, The project to be started in the factory for the production of green methanolAn initiative called ‘Green Methanol – Meiga’.
Green hydrogen with CO2 to produce green methanol in a project aimed at decarbonisation and will be powered by 100% renewable energy.
“Vision, Courage and Support”
Fertiberia’s industrial director, David Herrero, also attended the event to explain the importance of green hydrogen in the production of ammonia from the Puertollano plant.
To achieve this, imported natural gas is replaced by domestic renewable energy, which contributes to decarbonizing agriculture and improving food security.
“We need equal parts vision, courage and corporate support for the transformation of our industrial capacities,” he said, guaranteeing that today Feriberia will be the first company to produce CO2-free ammonia.
Ammonia will “become a sustainable fuel” in industries such as marine, and engines that need this fuel are already being produced.
Thus, as he argued, “the foundations for greater independence are laid by using clean and domestic energy”.