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Italy’s hydrogen mobility sector set to be boosted by Air Liquide, Eni partnership
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Italy’s hydrogen mobility sector set to be boosted by Air Liquide, Eni partnership

Italy’s hydrogen mobility market is to receive a significant boost, with Air Liquide and Eni today (Nov 4) unveiling a new partnership which will see the deployment of multiple hydrogen refuelling stations across the country.

To do this, the duo will study the development of a renewable hydrogen supply chain to ensure the production, transportation, storage and distribution of the energy carrier is of a high standard to deliver an optimal offering.

No locations for potential hydrogen stations have been announced, however, this is something the partners hope to strategically identify as they pursue the venture.

On the plans, Pascal Vinet, Senior Vice-President and a member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee supervising Europe Industries activities, said, “Decarbonising the transport sector is a major challenge of the energy transition.

“Implementing a hydrogen refuelling station network is a critical milestone along this journey. The alliance between a leader in hydrogen with an integrated global energy company, such as Eni, will pave the way to an extended access to hydrogen in Italy.

“Together with our long-standing partner Eni, we have the ambition to contribute to a more sustainable future through the use of hydrogen.”

Combing both of their expertise, the partnership will see Air Liquide leverage its expertise across the entire hydrogen value chain and Eni provide its commercial and retail activities, coupled with its withstanding network of hydrogen stations.

Giuseppe Ricci, General Manager Energy Evolution at Eni, added, “The agreement with Air Liquide is a further step forward in the promotion of sustainable mobility. The decarbonisation of transport must make use of the synergy and complementarity of available technologies.

“At the beginning of 2022 Eni will open the first hydrogen refuelling station in Italy in an urban environment in Mestre (Venice), followed by the second one in San Donato Milanese (Milan). Thanks to the agreement with Air Liquide, the cooperation between operators is strengthened for an even greater efficiency on the path towards energy transition.”

 


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