Snam and Irena sign agreement on green hydrogen production


Agreement between Snam and Irena for green hydrogen production.

The objective is to reduce carbon emissions. Snam and Irena (International Renewable Energy Agency), an international body that assists nations in making ecological transitions, have established a collaboration to create green hydrogen to aid the global energy transition.

During the conference ” The H2 Road to Net Zero “, Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, and Francesco La Camera, general manager of Irena, signed the agreement in the presence of Minister of Ecological Transition Roberto Cingolani. The parties will work together to research and perhaps construct pilot projects targeted at producing hydrogen from renewable sources, transporting it, and distributing it, with the goal of building reproducible business cases.

As part of the agreement, Snam and Irena will promote public-private partnerships to expand hydrogen consumption on a large scale, as well as research and development activities aimed at lowering prices and advancing technology. Snam’s competence as a network infrastructure manager will be able to benefit the collaboration, which will be bolstered by Snam’s ownership of two top firms in hydrogen and electrolyser manufacturing, De Nora in Italy and Itm Power in the United Kingdom.

Snam’s involvement and contribution in the Green Hydrogen Catapult will further benefit the partnership. The partnership might be the subject of further enforceable agreements between the parties, which would be specified in line with existing laws and regulations.

“The agreement with Irena is a significant step forward on the road to making hydrogen and biomethane a key component of the ecological transition and the battle against climate change. With a quick reduction in costs, the introduction of pilot projects in the key application areas, and the adoption of national and international support programs, the development of hydrogen is moving faster than predicted, according to Marco Alverà.

“Snam and Irena share the idea of green hydrogen playing a critical role in achieving profound decarbonisation,” Francesco La Camera stated. Green hydrogen might be a game-changer in making renewable energy available to end-users in areas where direct electrification is limited, such as heavy industrial and heavy transportation. According to Irena’s World Energy Outlook Transitions, hydrogen, as a cornerstone of the route to net-zero energy, will meet at least 12% of world energy demand by 2050, with two-thirds of that being green hydrogen,” La Camera concluded.

“ Green hydrogen is the ideal energy vector for decarbonizing an energy-intensive industry like ceramics, a sector in which our country boasts world-class firms like the Iris Ceramica Group. This collaboration, which complements our efforts in other sectors such as steel, glass, and rail transportation, is a first step toward future production with zero CO2 emissions,” said Marco Alverà, commenting on a memorandum of understanding signed with Iris Ceramica Group for an industrial project that includes the study and development of the first ceramist.

“Through our infrastructures and technology, we want to help enable a national hydrogen supply chain that will support the accomplishment of national and European climate goals while also ensuring our industry’s competitiveness,” Alverà added.

Arnes Biogradlija
Creative Content Director at EnergyNews.Biz

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