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News article14 March 2022Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking

Green Hysland - Inauguration of the first renewable hydrogen industrial plant in Mallorca

On 14 March 2022, the first industrial renewable hydrogen plant in Spain was inaugurated in Mallorca turning the island into the first renewable hydrogen hub in southern Europe.

Green Hysland Inauguration Event

With a support of an EU grant of 10 million Euro by the Clean Hydrogen Partnership, the project is part of the Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca project, led by Enagás and ACCIONA Energía, with the participation of IDAE and CEMEX.

The opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, the Vice President of the Balearic Government, Juan Pedro Yllanes, the Chairman of ACCIONA and ACCIONA Energía, Jose Manuel Entrecanales, the CEO of Enagás, Arturo Gonzalo, and the Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, Bart Biebuyck.

In the words of the Vice President of the Spanish Government and Minister for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, “this pioneering project inaugurates a technological development that will be very relevant in the coming years, to replace gas of fossil origin with renewable gases, such as biogas, biomethane, and hydrogen obtained with renewable energies. Thanks to these advances, which we are promoting with the PERTE ERHA (Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan), we will reduce our dependence on hydrocarbon imports, we will offer a solution for the decarbonisation of sectors that are difficult to electrify, such as industry or heavy transport, and we will create new companies and new jobs. Now, more than ever, we must activate all the possibilities to gain energy sovereignty, and renewable energies are going to play a decisive role. And among them, hydrogen constitutes a strategic bet for the country”.

The President of the Balearic Government, Francina Armengol, has emphasised that “with this project, the Balearic Islands continue to be at the forefront of the energy transition in Spain and continue to set the pace just as they did with pioneering regulations such as the waste law, which abolished single-use plastics, or the exchange law climate". In addition, the president has underlined the Power to Green project as an example "of the transformation of the economic and social model that the islands are promoting, a more diverse, more resilient and more sustainable model”.

Bart Biebuyck, Executive Director of the Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking, added: “the project Green Hysland on the island of Mallorca is a perfect example of how hydrogen and fuel cell technology can effectively contribute to the decarbonisation of European islands. With our support of 10 million Euro, we are proud to see the first Hydrogen ecosystem in Southern Europe becoming a reality and are convinced that it will serve as a blueprint for similar Hydrogen valleys across Europe”.

According to the Chairman of Enagás, Antonio Llardén, “projects such as Green Hysland and its set up in Mallorcademonstrate the importance of coordinating and cooperating to move the decarbonisation process forward. Thanks to the 30 entities that are part of the consortium, the entire value chain is represented in the project, which ensures both the deployment of infrastructure for the production of green hydrogen and its end uses.”

GREEN HYSLAND aims to deploy a fully-functioning Hydrogen (H2) ecosystem in the island of Mallorca, turning the island into Europe’s first H2 hub in Southern Europe. This will be achieved by producing green hydrogen from solar energy and delivering it to the end users, such as the island’s tourism, transport, industry and energy sectors, including gas grid injection for green heat and power local end-use.

As a core part of the project, the electrolyser that produces renewable hydrogen has already completed technical commissioning tests. Once fully operational and when the infrastructure deployment for its consumption is completed, it will produce at least 300 tonnes of renewable hydrogen per year.

The project will also produce a roadmap towards 2050 that compiles a long-term vision for the development of a widespread H2 economy in Mallorca and the Balearic Region, in line with the environmental objectives set for 2050. Indeed, hydrogen will help to increase the penetration of renewable energy in the Balearic energy system, demonstrating sector coupling and sectorial integration, and moving towards full decarbonization of the economy.

Finally, the GREEN HYSLAND field demonstrations will provide Europe with a blueprint for decarbonization of island economies, and an operational example of the contribution of H2 towards the energy transition and the 2050 net zero targets. The development of replication experiences and business models are foreseen in five other followers EU islands (Madeira – PT, Tenerife – ES, Aran – IE, Greek Islands and Ameland – NL) and beyond (Chile and Morocco).

 

Project webpage: https://greenhysland.eu/

Press release: https://www.enagas.es/enagas/en/Comunicacion/NotasPrensa/14_03_2022_NP_Inauguraci%C3%B3n_planta_de_Hidr%C3%B3geno_Mallorca_ENG  

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14 March 2022
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Clean Hydrogen Joint Undertaking