Olga Consortium ensures hydrogen supply to Malpensa airport

Snam aims to develop a domestic hydrogen supply chain to help the achievement of domestic and European climate targets.

A consortium funded by the EU with SEA, Snam, Rina and other 54 Italian and European partners plans to install an electrolyser and related storage and distribution systems to ensure the supply of green hydrogen at Malpensa airport.

The project is developed under the Italian partners of the Olga project, an initiative worth over €34 million financed that the EU finances with €25 million under the Horizon 2020 program.

Malpensa could thus become the first hub for the generation and use of green H2 in an Italian airport between 2023 and 2024

The EU contribution to Olga’s Italian partners amounts to almost €3.5 million, of which €1.54 million to the Milanese airport company SEA and €1.1 million to Snam. The Italian institutions and companies involved include Rina Consulting, the Lombardy Ticino Valley Park (Parco Lombardo Valle del Ticino), the Interuniversity Consortium (Consorzio interuniversitario) Icoor and the Cotton and Clothing Textile Center (Centro Tessile Cotoniero e Abbigliamento).

The Olga project, ending on 30th September 2026, involves 57 partners, including the companies of the Paris ADP airport (lead partner), the Zagreb Franjo Tuđman airport and the Romanian Cluj airport, which aim to decarbonise airports for the Olympics in Paris in 2024 and Milan in 2026.

In September, Snam and Iris Ceramica Group signed an agreement to develop the first ceramics plant powered by green hydrogen. The new Iris Ceramica Group plant in Castellarano (Reggio Emilia) will be equipped in 2022, will use green hydrogen in the production processes. Iris Ceramica Group’s new factory will be established in Castellarano, in the province of Reggio Emilia, Italy.

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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