- The Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) and bp will collaborate from now on to promote the growth of this sector in Spain and the decarbonisation of the economy thanks to the promotion of hydrogen technologies.
- With its integration into the entity, bp reinforces its commitment to renewable hydrogen, which includes the development of the largest renewable hydrogen project in the Valencian Community to date.
Madrid – bp and the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AeH2) have signed a collaboration agreement through which the company becomes a promoting partner of the association. Thus, the entity continues to strengthen its role as a benchmark in the sector, while bp reinforces its commitment to hydrogen as a key energy vector to decarbonise the energy sector, industry and transport.
Thanks to this agreement, both organizations will strengthen their ties to promote hydrogen technologies and collaborate to build the energy future of Spain, in which they are expected to play a fundamental role thanks to their great potential.
The president of the AeH2, Javier Brey , has assured that “the fact that bp becomes a promoter partner of the association is a very important reason for satisfaction for us. It is a company with a long history, and that has been advancing for some time and working to build an increasingly sustainable energy future, in which hydrogen has a central role to play. Together we can continue adding to achieve that future while boosting the growth of the sector”.
For his part, the president of bp Spain, Andrés Guevara , stressed that “our integration into the Spanish Hydrogen Association represents an excellent opportunity to contribute to positioning Spain as a global leader in achieving a hydrogen economy. Our country has great production potential both to self-supply local energy needs and to export surpluses”. In addition, Guevara has stressed that “the link that we establish from today with the AeH2 is fully aligned with the projects that we are going to develop in the coming years and in which green hydrogen will be one of the main engines for the decarbonization of cities and industries”.
The largest green hydrogen project in the Valencian Community
New low-carbon energy sources such as green hydrogen are critical for bp in its goal to be a net zero emissions company by 2050 or sooner. And, within this context, is the transformation of the Castellón refinery into an integrated energy center capable of offering a wide range of energy solutions aimed at decarbonisation. For this, the main vectors will be energy efficiency, renewable energies, biofuels, including sustainable aviation fuel, electric mobility and, of course, green hydrogen.
Currently, bp is developing the largest renewable hydrogen project in the Valencian Community to date. The forecast is that by the end of 2025 a 60MW electrolyser will come into operation, which will make it possible to produce up to 9,000 tons/year of green hydrogen in order to decarbonise the refinery’s operations in a first phase and contribute to the decarbonisation of the industry and mobility in the region in the medium term. In this way, 72,000 fewer tons of CO2 will be emitted per year. In addition, work is being done on the development of pilot projects with the ceramics industry and with heavy mobility fleets.
This electrolyser to be built at the bp plant in Castellón will be modular and scalable. In this way, in its last phase, from 2030, the objective is to increase the power and open the door to exports.
Walking together towards a green hydrogen economy
The unique properties of hydrogen open the door to a considerable reduction in CO2 emissions in many sectors. At the same time, its role in energy demand will become increasingly significant, enabling efficient and cost-effective decarbonisation. In fact, by 2050, hydrogen could cover 20% of all the world’s energy needs, significantly reducing cumulative CO2 emissions.
From now on, bp and AeH2 will work together to develop the hydrogen economy, since it brings important environmental benefits derived from lower CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and, therefore, increases environmental quality in urban environments. In addition, from an economic point of view, this model promotes employment in technological sectors, develops local economies and innovative projects, and increases scientific knowledge in alternative energies.
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