Leonardo, Snam to boost digital defence for hydrogen networks

Leonardo, Snam to boost digital defence for hydrogen networks

Leonardo and Snam have disclosed the signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) today (July 8) to introduce hydrogen to the aerospace sector and support the defence of energy networks – including hydrogen.

The partnership will focus on digitalisation, monitoring, physical and cyber security of processes, networks and infrastructure in order to increase resilience and operational efficiency.

As well as this, hydrogen will also be introduced into the aerospace sector.

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The agreement is centred on developing the hydrogen economy which will play a significant role in achieving Europe’s decarbonisation targets.

The Leonardo and Snam partnership will explore the possibilities offered by the most innovative technologies for increasing the operational efficiency and resilience of industrial plants.

The areas of collaboration range from applications for the digitalised management of infrastructures and industrial processes based on artificial intelligence and machine learning, big data, blockchain, advanced analytics and digital twin – to infrastructure security, using situational awareness solutions, mission critical communication technologies and advanced sensors, and the use of drones and satellites for asset monitoring.

In cyber security, the partnership will relate to threat analysis, monitoring, identification and response to cyber-attacks.

The three-year agreement envisages that the joint solutions may also be applied to other international players in the large energy networks sector.

If necessary, the agreement will be subject to subsequent binding agreements defined by the parties in accordance with the applicable regulatory framework, including related parties’ transactions.

Marco Alverà, CEO of Snam, said, “Making key industry sectors sustainable and protecting critical infrastructure are priority challenges for the future of our communities.

“This is the starting point for our partnership with Leonardo, bringing together the skills and innovative capacity of two excellent Italian companies to develop technologies aimed at strengthening the security of energy networks, optimising their management and decarbonising the aerospace sector through hydrogen.”

Alessandro Profumo, CEO of Leonardo, said, “The agreement falls within the scope of our technological and market development roadmaps identified in the Be Tomorrow – Leonardo 2030 strategic plan, set out on long-term sustainable growth.

“This also envisages the development of advanced systems to monitor and defend critical infrastructures, as well as the development of aerospace systems linked to the ecological transition.”

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