The Ebro Hydrogen Corridor is born with the aim to become a benchmark in the development of this renewable energy
The Ebro Hydrogen Corridor was launched today. The project seeks to enhance inter-territorial coordination and serve as a link between the major regional initiatives for renewable hydrogen already underway in northeastern Spain.
The new corridor aims to play a leading role in the decarbonization of industry in the region while improving competitiveness and attracting new investments. The project is supported by regional entities such as the Basque Hydrogen Corridor Association (BH2C); ACCIÓ - Agency for Enterprise Competitiveness as the entity responsible for the Hydrogen Valley of Catalonia (H2ValleyCat); the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in Aragon (Fundación Hidrógeno Aragón) as the entity responsible for the coordination of the Aragon Hydrogen Valley "GetHyGA Initiative"; and the Industry Association of Navarre (AIN) together with the Society for the Development of Navarre (SODENA) as promoters of the Navarre Green Hydrogen Agenda.
The driver behind the creation of this consortium is SHYNE (Spanish Hydrogen Network) – the largest multisectoral renewable hydrogen consortium in Spain, launched last January. It plays a key role in the integration of projects nationwide – motivated by the desire to share information and to analyze and study complementary actions that establish synergies between regional initiatives. SHYNE will also provide support to the projects developed through this initiative as well as capacity for knowledge management and promotion of research into pioneering technologies with the aim of positioning Spain at the forefront of the development of this renewable energy vector.
The presentation took place at the seat of the Regional Government of Aragon. The Spanish Vice President and Minister for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, Teresa Ribera, addressed the audience virtually, explaining that Spain will be at the center of hydrogen production and will become a hydrogen exporter: “The hydrogen economy is here to stay, and the commitment of territories, companies, and industries like yours provide critical solutions that will be able to produce up to 70 or 80% of the hydrogen we need in our country. We know this is key, and it shows the way forward. That is why the Government has given a special role to hydrogen in the Strategic Projects for Economic Recovery and Transformation (PERTE) dedicated to renewable energies, renewable hydrogen, and energy storage. Having corridors that unite the hydrogen valleys, industrial capacity, and end uses to test, expand, and grow are absolutely crucial."
The event was opened by Repsol's CEO, Josu Jon Imaz, who attended on behalf of the chairmanship of SHYNE. "Due to its location, the Ebro Hydrogen Corridor will be a key lever to effectively develop the full potential of this geographical area, with a cross-border dimension of the future hydrogen economy, allowing a greater integration of value chains at European level," he said.
The event was also attended by the Director General for Industry and SMEs of the Regional Government of Aragon and Vice Chairman of the Hydrogen Foundation Aragon, Javier Navarro; the Chairman of of BH2C, Jose Ignacio Zudaire; the Director General for Industry of the Regional Government of Catalonia and CEO of ACCIÓ - Agency for Enterprise Competitiveness, Natalia Mas; the Managing Director of the Hydrogen Foundation of Aragon, Fernando Palacín; the Director General for Industry, Energy, and Strategic Projects of the Regional Government of Navarre, Uxue Itoiz; the Director General of the Industry Association of Navarra, Ana Ursúa; and the Hydrogen Director of Repsol and Chairman of SHYNE, Tomás Malango. All of them have highlighted the importance of this project that will be the backbone for the new hydrogen economy in this area. It will contribute to the generation of quality employment, the attraction of new investments, and innovation around renewable hydrogen technologies, creating wealth throughout its area of influence.
Afterwards, the Minister of Economic Development, Sustainability, and Environment of the Regional Governmentof the Basque Country, Arantxa Tapia; the Minister of Business and Labor of the Regional Government of Catalonia, Roger Torrent; the Vice President and Minister of Industry, Competitiveness and Business Development of the Regional Government of Aragon, Arturo Aliaga; and the Minister of Economic and Business Development of the Regional Government of Navarre and Chariman of SODENA, Mikel Irujo, signed a public manifesto of cooperation and support for this initiative.
The Ebro Hydrogen Corridor will promote actions throughout the value chain, including production, transport, uses, and storage. In terms of renewable hydrogen production, the consortium aims to install a production capacity of 400 MW in 2025 (entailing 1.5 GW of associated renewable generation production capacity), and 1.5 GW in 2030 (6 GW of renewables).
Another of its key lines of action will focus on promoting the end uses of renewable hydrogen, both in the transport sector and for industrial use. The objective of achieving an annual production of 250,000 tons of products derived from renewable hydrogen, such as methanol, ammonia or synthetic fuels by 2030, is especially important. The consortium will also promote the creation of an infrastructure network with 20 hydrogen fueling stations by 2025, with up to 100 points by 2030, to facilitate the use of renewable hydrogen in land, maritime, and rail transport.
In addition, cross-border projects for renewable hydrogen storage and transport will be promoted with Southern France to favor interconnection with Europe and position Spain as a relevant producer in the continental hydrogen market. This will be carried out in coordination with the Working Community of the Pyrenees, a cross-border, inter-territorial organisation.
Renewable hydrogen will be one of the main energy sources for decarbonization of the economy thanks to its versatility. Hydrogen is already used in the industrial sector as a raw material, primarily in refining, ammonia production, the steel industry, and the chemicals industry. All these products will have a smaller carbon footprint thanks to renewable hydrogen. But this gas also has multiple other uses: it is itself a clean fuel - in mobility it is used in the production of synthetic fuels and in fuel cells - and it can also be used to store renewable energy and, thus, help to solve the intermittency of wind and solar photovoltaic electricity production. Coordination between all regional initiatives is a key element to achieve an efficient deployment of the hydrogen economy and to reach national and European targets.
The SHYNE project, under the leadership of Repsol, aims to promote inter-territorial actions and renewable hydrogen projects in all areas of the Spanish economy and promote a rapid decarbonization. SHYNE will deploy projects in ten autonomous communities in Spain and have a total investment of €3.23 billion to develop more competitive technologies and evolve both Spanish industry and its infrastructures towards decarbonization, generating more than 13,000 jobs.