The Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has resolved the definitive concession of 200 million euros in aid to promote innovative initiatives and generators of the renewable hydrogen value chain within the framework of the Strategic Project for Recovery and Recovery Economic Renewable Energy, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage (PERTE ERHA).
The beneficiaries are 19 projects submitted to the H2 Pioneros call, for comprehensive initiatives for local hydrogen consumption in sectors with difficult decarbonization, and another 18 projects submitted to calls 1 and 2 of the H2 Value Chain program, to improve capacity in testing and manufacturing facilities, and the design of hydrogen-powered vehicles, respectively.
These are the first three lines of aid for specific renewable hydrogen projects that materialize with the publication of the final award resolutions, after being approved by the Board of Directors of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE). , a body dependent on MITECO and the manager of these subsidy programs.
With an endowment of 150 million euros, the H2 Pioneros call will inject aid into commercially viable projects for the production and local consumption of renewable hydrogen in industry, heavy transport and other sectors that are difficult to decarbonise. The 19 awarded files range from the generation of green hydrogen in the chemical industry, to the creation of a hydrogen hub for heavy mobility uses, or the development of renewable hydrogen production plants as a substitute for natural gas in aluminum production.
The projects are located in nine autonomous communities whereas five of the projects are located in Just Transition areas (35% of the total grants) and the same number in Demographic Challenge areas (20%).
Regarding lines 1 and 2 of H2 Value Chain (CdV), the six initiatives selected within line 1 of incentives will receive aid for a total of 11.9 million euros and include the creation of facilities to manufacture charging stations and hydrogen plants, storage systems or the development of test platforms for hydrogen technologies.
On CdV line 2, the sum of subsidies awarded amounts to 37.52 million euros, distributed among 12 hydrogen-powered mobility projects; from the design and development of a BiModo train, to new zero-emission engines for boats or the creation of a propulsion system powered by liquid renewable hydrogen for air mobility, among others.
The final resolution of lines 3 and 4 of the same CdV program will be added to the 200 million now assigned in the coming weeks, whose endowment totals 140 million. One of the most notable aspects of the CdV calls is that the size of the projects will make it possible to take advantage of economies of scale and synergies that optimize decarbonization processes with renewable hydrogen in their field. The minimum investment required is one million euros per project for programs 1, 2 and 3 and half a million euros per project for program 4.
They are part of PERTE ERHA, a complete program of instruments and measures to develop technology, knowledge, industrial capacities and new business models that reinforce our country’s leadership position in the field of clean energy in general and in hydrogen as a vector. key to complete decarbonization in particular. It will mobilize an investment of more than 16,300 million, between contributions from the PRTR and private funds.
Through the deployment of this aid mechanism, progress is made in achieving the objectives of the Hydrogen Roadmap, a strategic document to promote renewable hydrogen. Among other objectives, it aspires to reach an electrolysis capacity of 300 MW to 600 MW in 2024 and 4 GW in 2030, 10% of the community objective, which demonstrates the ambition of our country to be a fundamental actor within the context European.