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Iberdrola moves ahead with plans for large scale green hydrogen, ammonia project in Spain

The largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use in Europe will be operational in Puertollano in 2021, after an investment of 150 million euros

  • By ICN Group | November 20, 2020

Iberdrola has ramped up efforts on the largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use in Europe, located in Puertollano, after selecting the European company Nel Hydrogen Electrolyser -a division of Nel ASA- as the preferred supplier for the construction of a key component of the project, a system of hydrogen production by electrolysis. The Proton PEM solution from the company Nel, deployed for decades around the world, is now presented in the first commercial platform with 20 MW of installed power.
 
The electricity company is also working to lead the creation of a chain of suppliers for the development of electrolyzers in Spain.
 
The Puertollano (Ciudad Real) green hydrogen project, the result of the alliance between Iberdrola and Fertiberia, will be operational in 2021, after an investment of 150 million euros. The development will be made up of a 100 MW photovoltaic solar plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20 MWh and a hydrogen production system through electrolysis (20 MW). Its construction will generate 700 jobs and, once operational, will avoid the emission of 48,000 tCO 2 / year.
 
The green hydrogen produced will be used in the Fertiberia ammonia factory in this town. The plant is already one of the most efficient in the European Union, with a production capacity of over 200,000 tons per year. Fertiberia will update and modify its plant to be able to use the production of green hydrogen and manufacture green fertilizers. In this way, you will be able to reduce your natural gas needs and will be the first European company in the sector to develop a large-scale experience of green ammonia generation.
 
The plant is developed in a privileged location, with an important industrial pole and in which the National Hydrogen Center is located, which has provided advice during its genesis.
 
Iberdrola and Fertiberia have recently presented their innovation proposal that could make Spain an industrial leader in the green hydrogen sector if its comprehensive project that includes the development of 800 MW of green hydrogen at the Fertiberia plants in Puertollano (Ciudad Real ) and Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) until 2027. The initiative represents an investment of 1,800 million euros in the next seven years and could make our country the first with 100% production of ammonia for fertilizers completely green.
 
The project is the result of private and public collaboration, it was born with the same ambition that the Government has shown in its Green Hydrogen Roadmap and would require support from the European Recovery Fund for the execution of the last three phases.

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