The Hydrogenizing BCN Initiative has the ambition to make the green hydrogen economy become a reality, and proposes to achieve this ambition through close public/private cooperation and the development of economically viable green hydrogen-based business models. The Hydrogenizing BCN Initiative will also strive to create an inclusive eco-system for SME’s enabling them to participate in the green hydrogen economy evolution, creating more sustainable business opportunities and added value jobs.
Green hydrogen as an energy vector and the development of the hydrogen economy are core areas of the European Union’s Green Deal. The ambition of the Hydrogenizing Barcelona Initiative is to enhance the acceleration of the energy transition through the deployment of green hydrogen projects.
The Port of Barcelona was identified by co-developers Kopala International and Resilient Group as the ideal location to develop a long-term green hydrogen-based strategy as a key component of the energy transition in Barcelona and the region of Catalunya. Green hydrogen has the potential to significantly accelerate the decarbonisation of several sectors including heavy duty transportation, port and maritime activities, general mobility in the metropolitan area, as well as replace grey hydrogen in industry and decrease the carbon content of the natural gas networks. These sectors represent robust latent demand for green hydrogen, and consortium partners are working actively to enlarge and align this diversified offtake ecosystem.
The implementation of the initiative will not only accelerate decarbonisation, but also lead to cleaner air, and trigger new economic growth in the region as the new hydrogen production infrastructures, fuel cell vehicles and related equipment, and respective services ecosystem are developed.
Because green hydrogen is produced from water and electricity sourced from renewables, it reduces dependency on fossil fuels, increases security of supply and reinforces national and regional industrial value chains. It is the missing link for the full and accelerated implementation of Europe’s Green Deal.
The Hydrogenizing Barcelona Initiative will be implemented in several phases. The first and ramp-up phase, H2BCN, will see a combination of PEM (H2B2), Alkaline (John Cockerill) and AEM (Enapter) electrolysers deployed to a total capacity of 20MW, powered by rooftop PV (BayWa r.e.) in the Zona Franca area and virtual green PPAs, producing enough green hydrogen for approximately 200 Fuel Cell trucks (Hyzon) and other FCEV vehicles. These vehicles will be introduced in daily operations by logistics operators (Butransa & Primafrio Group). In December 2020 an Expression of Interest to the Spanish Government was entered by the project promotors for this phase.
A second phase will scale up the hydrogen production capacity by 100MW, for which the Project100 proposal was submitted in February 2021 under the Green Deal Call. This proposal is coordinated by Resilient Group, as electrolyser co-developer and owner-operator, jointly with Kopala International, and alkaline electrolyser manufacturer John Cockerill. A strong consortium including Engineering Company Técnicas Reunidas, Gas grid operator Redexis, IT specialist Alvic in service stations and renewable energy firm BayWa r.e. are supported by the research and innovation specialists from Fraunhofer ISE, IREC, Enercoutim and Aalborg University. The Port of Barcelona completes the consortium, with investment structuring from Cube Infrastructure Managers.
The implementation of Project100 will bring several innovations by way of significant electrolyser improvements, digital enhancements, and integration with a VPP to generate significant flexibility and optimization.
Further project proposals are expected to be added and submitted for funding as the initiative expands and looks forward to gain further scale.