Constructing the green hydrogen ecosystem
Production, distribution and multiple uses of hydrogen to promote the new green economy and tackle the climate emergency
Catalonia wants to be a leader in the energy transition and the south of the country (where the energy and chemical industries are located) is promoting this global initiative through the Hydrogen Valley. On hand, the region possesses one of the most important petrochemical complexes in southern Europe, which consumes 10 tons/h of grey hydrogen that will start to be replaced with green hydrogen from 2022. On the other hand, it is located on a strategic crossroads for moving hydrogen in the future.
Green hydrogen is produced using renewable energy and water and will be used as a raw material and heat source in the chemical and other industries, for transport, in residences and as a fuel. Europa predicts that by 2050, 25% of energy will be generated from clean hydrogen. In Southern Catalonia, there are currently various projects involving green hydrogen aimed at decarbonisation, green chemistry, mobility, the circular economy and infrastructure.
The strategic agreement signed by the Universitat Rovira i Virgili, coordinator of La Vall, and Enagás, leader in design, development, management and operation of energy infrastructures, together with the express support of the Catalan Government, provides a boost to the common objective of promoting the hydrogen value chain and accessing NEXTGEN-EU funding.
More than 100 public and private organizations form part of La Vall, which acts as a collaborative multi-stakeholder platform and has knowledge, science and technology alliance made up of the URV, the Institute of Chemical Research of Catalonia (ICIQ), the Catalonia Institute for Energy Research (IREC) and the Catalunya Eurecat technology centre.
The primary objective is to promote projects, create strategic alliances and attract investment and talent to a society and economy based on green hydrogen.