Spanish multinational electric utility company Iberdrola and fertiliser and industrial chemicals specialist Fertiberia have signed an agreement to construct what they believe to be the largest plant to produce green hydrogen for industrial use in Europe.
At the plant, Iberdrola will be responsible for the production of green hydrogen from 100% renewable sources. The solution will consist of a 100MW photovoltaic solar plant, a lithium-ion battery system with a storage capacity of 20MWh and a large electrolytic hydrogen production system.
The green hydrogen produced at the site will be used at Fertiberia’s ammonia plant in Puertollano, which already boasts a production capacity of more than 200,000 tonnes a year. Fertiberia said they will update and modify the plant to be able to use green hydrogen to manufacture green fertilisers.
Ignacio Galán, Chairman of Iberdrola, said, “Today we are launching the first major green hydrogen project in Europe, demonstrating that thanks to renewables and technological innovation, it is possible to continue to meet the needs of the electrification and decarbonisation of our industry.”
“The initiative shows the path and opportunities offered by the energy transition to develop innovative projects as the focus for industrialisation and employment in our country.”
With the new hydrogen plant, Fertiberia will be able to reduce natural gas requirements at the plant by over 10 % and will be the first European company in the sector to develop expertise in large-scale green ammonia generation.
The project will take place in the municipality of Puertollano, in Ciudad Real, a prime location with a large industrial hub near to the National Hydrogen Centre, which has advised from the very beginning of the project.
Iberdrola and Fertiberia hope the plant will be operational in 2021. Its development and construction will generate 700 jobs and, once operational, will avoid 39,000 the emission of tonnes of CO2 a year.
Javier Goñi, President of Fertiberia, said, “The partnership with Iberdrola allows Fertiberia to take a further step in its ambition to become a European reference for sustainable solutions for agriculture and to lead the paradigm shift required for the energy transition in the chemical sector, thanks to the manufacture of green ammonia from domestic renewable energy sources.”