Iberdrola, Naturgy and Repsol join Hydrogen Think Tank

In response to the Sedigas gas employers’ request, Iberdrola, Naturgy, Repsol, BP and Eni form a working group to promote hydrogen.

The Hydrogen Think Tank is here. A working group that began Sedigas in the midst of a pandemic in 2020 is now presenting its findings with the partners it has included over the past two years. The goal of these 20 businesses and organizations is to make it possible to inject and store hydrogen in natural gas infrastructures.

The goal of this initiative, which is being led by major energy companies, is to find the uses for renewable hydrogen that can best contribute to its widespread use as an energy source and to make the necessary modifications to existing machinery to make final consumption a reality across all market segments.

a working group is being established on a technology that could raise a lot of money. According to the 2030 Vision of the Government’s Hydrogen Roadmap, 8,900 million euros in expected investments are to be raised between 2020 and 2030. Where the need is identified, all investments are anticipated to be made by the private sector with the required public backing.

Due in part to the seasonality of demand and the high percentage of installed renewable generation capacity, Spain is regarded as having the greatest potential in the European Union for the production and export of renewable hydrogen. 4 gigawatts of installed electrolyzer capacity is projected for Vision 2030. (GW). However, it is predicted that by 2024 it would be able to have an installed power of electrolysers of between 300 and 600 MW as an interim milestone before achieving the 4GW aim.

This working group, which includes businesses like Iberdrola, Repsol, and Naturgy, evaluates potential regulatory obstacles that might prevent the injection from happening and develops solutions for them. The identification of the modifications that must be made to the current gas infrastructures to accommodate the incorporation of hydrogen and natural gas mixtures is another one of his efforts.

Its main responsibility is to address the “doubts” expressed by the various Administrations regarding the advantages of introducing hydrogen into the network and to provide clarification regarding the alleged value reduction of hydrogen combined with natural gas. Additionally, they work together to address any issues that can be raised by project promoters and possible investors.

A plenary body serves as the Think Tank’s governing body. Javier Fern├índez, director of regulation of Nedgia, the Naturgy group’s gas distribution business, and Miguel Lombarte, Sedigas’ general secretary, are the organization’s leaders up until the publishing of this report.

This association, which includes businesses like Enagás, Redexis, and Engie, works on three areas: a review of the law, comparative studies of other countries, and a preliminary assessment of the vulnerability of consumer electronics and gas infrastructure to hydrogen.

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