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The Spanish Port of Malaga Is Committed to Green Hydrogen With the Digital H2 Green Project

By March 12, 2021 5   min read  (807 words)

March 12, 2021 |

The Port of Malaga Is Committed to Green Hydrogen With the Digital H2 Green Project

The Port Authority, together with a consortium of specialized companies, has submitted the Digital H2 Green project to the European Green Deal call supported by the Horizon 2020 Programme.

The Port of Malaga is committed to the development of projects based on the use of renewable energies infrastructures located in the port area, with the aim of contributing to a clean economy and to the mitigation of climate change.

Along this guideline, the Port Authority has submitted, together with specialized companies, the call for the European Green Deal financed by the Horizon 2020 programme. The purpose of this project is to design and implement a smart network linked to the production of green hydrogen and ammonia in the port area.

The project called Digital H2 Green (DH2Green), is promoted by the public organization together with Buran Energy, and is formed by 13 national and international organizations. This consortium will work to improve energy efficiency in the port by proposing an innovative process to produce a combination of electricity, renewable hydrogen and ammonia.

The purpose of this project is to promote the distributed energy generation as a pillar of sustainable self-consumption in the port community through electric and hydrogen recharge stations, mainly for ships and land vehicles. This would allow 65% of GHG emissions reduction.

The President of the Port Authority, Carlos Rubio, said that this initiative “is part of the commitment of the Port of Malaga to develop actions that promote sustainable activity in the port area, in the framework of the Green Port initiative we have been working on since 2019”. He adds that “the port facility has an interesting location together with modern and safe infrastructures adding value to its choice as the lighthouse of renewable energies”.

On behalf of the President of Buran Energy, Ramón Carrasco, he highlighted the innovative nature of the project “by integrating Artificial Intelligence with the production of hydrogen from renewable sources into a multimodal node with the presence of different means of transport and public energy networks”.

With this project, Buran Energy and, specifically, its subsidiary Buran Habitat, drive their commitment towards sustainable port ecosystems. As sustainable and intelligent mobility centres, ports have great potential to accelerate the transition to carbon neutrality through innovative solutions for port communities where renewable hydrogen produced on-site will be a reference energy vector.

Project development

The pilot plant in which Artificial Intelligence will manage the efficiency of the project is set to be built at the Buran Terminal (ODT) in the Port of Malaga.

The power generation, storage and supply operations of green H2 will be carried out from these facilities in containers minimizing the space used and facilitating its transport, as a suitable model for small-scale projects.

DH2Green Consortium

The proposal submitted to this call has been drawn up by the consortium formed by the Port Authority of Malaga and Buran Energy as the main promoters, with the participation of a combination of National and European companies and centres:

  • Technical management of the project: Azcatec, Emdelen (France), McValnera, Riverlake Solutions (Netherlands).
  • Manufacturers of electrolysts: H2B2
  • Specialised companies in Artificial Intelligence: RQuantech (Switzerland).
  • Dissemination of the project: Málagaport.
  • Transfer to other sectors: Hispano Aeronáutica.
  • Support and technical advice: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, through the Agustín Betancourt Foundation.
  • Final users of the project: Valoriza Servicios Medioambientales and Oil Distribution Terminals (ODT).

Malaga Green Port

The Port Authority has been promoting the Green Port Initiative since 2019. This initiative channels all sustainability-related actions within the port area.

The initiative focuses on three guidelines, as set out in the 2019-2023 Investment Plan:

– The planting of trees in different locations of the port and, more specifically, in transition zones between the city and the industrial area, with the aim of creating ecological corridors to promote a more friendly visibility of the port environment.

– The construction of cogeneration facilities through the use of renewable energies. An example of this has been the renovation of the skylight of the headquarters of the public organization, replacing the existing one with photovoltaic solar modules in order to generate electricity to promote self-consumption.

– The reduction of carbon emissions into the atmosphere using fewer fossil fuels, replacing this energy with renewable sources and with the increase of energy efficiency in the whole processes.

In addition, in June 2020, the Port Authority renewed the certification of the Environmental Management System in accordance with ISO 14001:2015. This is a recognition of environmental practices related to all port services carried out by the entity and also by other companies which are responsible for waste collection, pilotage, trailers or ship supply the collection of waste, practice, trailers or supply to ships, among others.

Other actions for the improvement of sustainable activity in the Port of Malaga refer to the creation of a recycling point in the port and the implementation of good practice agreements in this sense.

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