Elecnor, Consonni and Foresa join Iberdrola green hydrogen projects in Spain

Green hydrogen has a very high potential as an energy vector to the electrification of industrial processes and heavy transport to help decarbonisation.

Iberdrola has partnered with the Basque companies Elecnor and Consonni into its green hydrogen project in Europe, which would see decarbonisation of the industrial production process of fertilisers at the Fertiberia plant in Puertollano, Ciudad Real, Spain.

Elecnor will be responsible for the plant’s electrical assembly and materials supply, including electrical panels and cabinets, supports, conduits, and luminaires.

Construcciones Electromecánicas Consonni will be responsible for the manufacturing of the medium voltage equipment. It also supplies a containerised low-voltage electrical substation to another Iberdrola green hydrogen project, the first public hydrogeneration plant supplying green hydrogen to the Buses of Transportes Municipales de Barcelona (TMB) in the Zona Franca of Barcelona.

This € 150 million plant will be the largest green hydrogen complex for industrial use in Europe and will be operational this year. It will use a 20 MW hydrogen production system by electrolysis, consist of a 100 MW photovoltaic and a lithium-ion battery system (20 MWh).

Iberdrola has an ambitious plan for green hydrogen in Europe and Fertiberia to develop 800 MW of green hydrogen in four phases in the plants of Puertollano (Ciudad Real) and Palos de la Frontera (Huelva) by 2027.

Iberdrola has submitted 53 green hydrogen-related projects to the Next Generation EU program, leading to an investment of € 2,500 million to get an annual production of 60k tonnes.

In a separate development, Iberdrola agreed with Foresa to explore developing renewable hydrogen for the industrial production of green methanol in Galicia. The plan is to build a 20 MW green hydrogen plant initially, using electrolysis with renewable energy and installing carbon capture equipment from biomass combustion plants. The projects will be built at the Foresa plants in Galicia, with an initial investment funding of €82 million. In the first phase, a green methanol production of 10k tonnes/year would be achieved, scaling up to 100k tonnes/year, cutting Co2 emission of 470k tonnes/year.

Ethan Mandel

Ethan is the special correspondent for Europe covering the hydrogen industry for H2 Bulletin. Please click on the email icon to contact me via email or follow me on social media. I am reachable on Phone: +44 (0) 208 123 7812
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