Spain’s Balearic Islands to host 10 MW hydrogen project

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From pv magazine Spain.

The government of Spain’s Balearic Islands this week unveiled the Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca project, promoted by the regional government and private companies Cemex, Enagás, Acciona and Redexis.

The project involves what was described as the largest renewable hydrogen plant in Europe intended for transportation fuel.

Set to be operational in 2021, the green hydrogen production plant – powered by solar – will supply 10 MW worth of non-polluting energy to sustainable mobility vehicles, hotels in the bays of Alcúdia and Pollença, and to the industrial estate of Inca. The new facility will provide sustainable fuel for public and private transport, in the form of public transport buses and privately owned fleets such as rental and courtesy cars.

The green hydrogen plant is being planned as one of eight regeneration projects in the Lloseta area of the island of Majorca. At the beginning of the year, Lloseta was hit by an end to production at the Cemex de Mallorca unit of Mexican cement company Cemex.

Francina Armengol, president of the Balearic Islands government, said the green hydrogen facility would be a pioneer project “in Spain and Europe”, and added it directly involves the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving.

The project is at a public consultation phase, after which administrative proceedings will begin.

The four private companies involved in the public launch of the scheme will provide the estimated €50 million budget for its realization.