Green Hydrogen

The production of electrical energy from renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, opened doors to the competitive production of an economically and environmentally sustainable variant of hydrogen - so-called green hydrogen.

When achieved by means of the electrolysis of water and using renewable energy sources, hydrogen production does not generate greenhouse gases (GHG). Its use as a raw material or fuel likewise does not emit GHG, as a result of which it allows various sectors - including those that already use hydrogen as a raw material, even though obtained from fossil sources such as coal or natural gas - to transition to a more sustainable future. Examples of this are the fertiliser, refinery and chemicals industries, as well as other sectors that cannot be easily electrified, such as the steel, glass and heavy-duty mobility sectors.
Another advantage is the fact that it can be stored, allowing greater integration of volatile renewable energies into the energy system and the seasonal supply of energy.
Today, green hydrogen is an indispensable cornerstone of international strategies to combat climate change. In the European Union, the “Fit for 55” initiative, which seeks a reduction in GHG emissions of 55% by 2030, foresees green hydrogen as essential for the decarbonisation of the economies of the old continent.
At Bondalti, the strategic objectives established up to 2030 include the significant incorporation of green hydrogen into its value chain, with the aim of decarbonising current operations and, at the same time, contributing towards the climate and energy targets established at European level, specifically those of the “Fit for 55” initiative for the chemicals sector.
The company is already involved in two green hydrogen production projects: H2 Enable, in Estarreja, and GreenH2Atlantic, in Sines.

H2 Enable

Led by Bondalti, the H2 Enable project consists of the construction of infrastructure to produce green hydrogen at the Estarreja Industrial Complex, the main objective of which is self-supply for the production of aniline, thus contributing towards the decarbonisation of the company’s operations.

This system centres on the electrolysis of 40 megawatts (MW) of power, supplied by 100% renewable energy, which allows the production of 5.5 kilotons of green hydrogen annually.

Additionally, H2 Enable will allow production for direct sale in the market, specifically by means of injection into the national natural gas network, and for the mobility sector, contributing towards the competitive positioning of Portugal in green energies in accordance with the objectives of the European Commission RePowerEU.

Representing an investment of around 140 million euros by 2025, this project has been given the status of “Important Project of Common European Interest” by the European Commission, and was approved in 2022 for funding under the Recovery and Resilience Facility.

Green H2 Atlantic

Bondalti also participates in the Green H2 Atlantic project, which is being implemented in Sines by a consortium of 13 companies and entities connected to research.  

Receiving the support of the European Commission “Horizon 2020” programme, the Green H2 Atlantic was one of three projects chosen under the ambit of the European Green Deal to demonstrate the viability of green hydrogen at an unprecedented scale of production and technological application.

This new hydrogen plant, with a capacity of 100 MW, should start operating in 2025, representing an investment exceeding 150 million euros.

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