De Nora breaks ground on the Italian gigafactory

De Nora breaks ground on the Italian gigafactory

The realization of the largest electrolyzer production hub in Italy and one of the largest in Europe takes shape, with capacity up to 2GW

  • By ICN Bureau | June 20, 2024

De Nora Italy Hydrogen Technologies (DNIHT) subsidiary company of Industrie De Nora S.p.A. (De Nora), an Italian multinational listed on Euronext Milan, specializing in electrochemistry, a leader in sustainable technologies and the emerging green hydrogen industry, today started the construction works of the Gigafactory, which will become Italy’s largest electrolyzer production hub, with a projected capacity of 2GW equivalent by 2030. 

The project is part of a larger multi-year expansion plan for the De Nora Group's production capacity and involves constructing a production center in Cernusco sul Naviglio, spanning approximately 25,000 square meters.

The facility will serve as Italy’s primary hub for electrolyzers used in green hydrogen generation, systems, and components for water electrolysis and fuel cells, and will also be a modern facility serving De Nora's other divisions.

The Gigafactory represents a primary industrial asset for De Nora and stands out internationally in terms of production capacity, qualifying as strategic to facilitate the achievement of the sustainability goals part of the European Green Deal.

DNHIT, in collaboration with the Ministry of Enterprise and Made in Italy, secured approximately Є 32 million through a concession decree in July 2023. This funding supports companies participating in Important Projects of Common European Interest (IPCEI Fund) and is financed by PNRR - National Recovery and Resilience Plan resources. Additional funding, up to approximately Є 63 million, may be available to support the IPCEI Hydrogen1.

The initiative will support the reduction of electrolyzer production costs, making a significant contribution to meeting Europe's projected final installed capacity and technology-neutrality target necessary linked to the energy transition process.

Construction is expected to be completed between late 2025 and early 2026.

Paolo Dellachà, CEO of Industrie De Nora, commented: “We proudly announce the start of the construction works of the Gigafactory, an ambitious and unique project in terms of production capacity and size, which confirms De Nora's centrality on the European scene as a facilitator of the energy transition process. On the outskirts of Milan will rise the production hub of the future, an example of virtuous unity between sustainability and innovation, where much of the Group's Italian production activity will be concentrated. It will be an architecturally sustainable project, perfectly integrated into the territory where it rises. It will benefit the community, but above all, it will be the fulcrum of a production of technologies for green hydrogen that will have a positive impact on the international decarbonization process." 

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