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USC signs agreement to promote hydrogen as energy carrier

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The Asociación Galega do Hidróxeno (AGH2) has signed this morning a collaboration agreement with the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC) to promote hydrogen as an energy vector.

The meeting was also attended by representatives of the Galician government who highlighted the commitment of the Xunta for the promotion of renewable energy sources.

During the meeting, the president of the association, José Ramón Ferreiro, explained the roadmap of the entity to the academics and stressed the need to “develop sustainable technologies that allow achieving energy independence from external sources, while avoiding emissions and decarbonizing the industry”. Likewise, the rector of the USC pointed out that “the search for alternative and renewable energies must play a central role in the development of a sustainable economy with high added value”.

The agreement aims to coordinate the different projects of the entity with the participation of the private sector and the Administrations. Therefore, in her speech Paula Uría, General Secretary of Industry of the Xunta, wanted to highlight the Galician government’s commitment to renewable energies and new technologies, such as green hydrogen. Uría pointed out that, in this sense, there is already a project to support the implementation of a green hydrogen Hub with which up to 105,000 tons per year could be obtained.

New manager for the association
The meeting with the researchers also served as a stage to elect Luis Miguel Varela as the new manager of AGH2. Ferreiro wanted to refer to this appointment as a key piece “in the fulfillment of the defined challenges, which go through public-private collaboration and the integration of the different solutions in different areas of the sector’s value chain”.

Varela was visibly grateful to the association for trusting the university to collaborate closely in the development of green hydrogen and “provide a decisive element for the stabilization of a renewable energy mix, as progress is made in the substitution of fossil technologies by renewables”.

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