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GreenH2Atlantic: 100 MW green hydrogen production

ISQ was selected as R&D partner under the Green Deal to be part of the 100 MW green hydrogen production project in Sines. In consortium with 13 other entities – including EDP and GALP and partners from the academic and research world such as INESC-TEC and CEA – the project has a funding of 30 million euros for the construction phase in 2023, with the start of operation expected in 2025.

“With the creation of a green hydrogen cluster in Sines, ISQ will contribute significantly to the sustainability goals of Portugal and the Sines region in particular, giving its contribution to the fulfillment of the energy transition roadmap that the most advanced countries are doing, in this strategic project for Portugal,” says the president of ISQ, Pedro Matias.

The GreenH2Atlantic, was one of three projects selected under the research and development program Horizon 2020 – European Green Deal, designed to demonstrate the viability of renewable hydrogen on a scale of production and technological application unprecedented.

GreenH2Atlantic, was one of three projects selected under the research and development program Horizon 2020 – European Green Deal

The innovation of the project involves the development and implementation of a 100 MW electrolyzer, composed of scalable 8 MW modules with high capacity to achieve maximum efficiency, size, lifetime and flexibility; but also the interface system composed of advanced management technologies that will allow the direct connection of the electrolyzer to local hybrid renewable energy (solar and wind).

“ISQ will contribute in areas of innovation such as the requirements and design review in the development phase of the electrolyzer; the study of relevant certification standards and methodologies for electrolysis systems; the study of ways to valorize the oxygen and heat (resulting from the electrolysis process); as well as the training of human resources in Portugal to operate in the new production process of green H2 in Sines”, adds the president of ISQ.

Green hydrogen is pointed as one of the pillars of economic growth, being a decisive energy vector in the decarbonization process of the main sectors of the economy. GreenH2Atlantic will materialize the transition from an old coal-fired power plant to an innovative renewable hydrogen production unit, in line with the European strategy and objectives towards carbon neutrality.

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ISQ is part of the H2 CoLAB Green Hydrogen consortium, which aims to develop solutions with relevant scientific and technological content, as well as the promotion of the hydrogen economy, allowing its dissemination and widespread use, in safety and at efficient costs. The H2 CoLAB Green Hydrogen consortium is made up of academic and scientific institutions and major technological players that, globally, bring together in an articulated way the most relevant and transversal skills in the H2 value chain. In this way, it will be possible to ensure the success of the H2 CoLAB Green Hydrogen and make it a scientific and technological reference center to develop the most suitable solutions today, and guarantee its technological leadership


The green hydrogen injection pilot project

GGND is preparing a project for the distribution of a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas in a distribution network operated by Setgás, whose distribution point is located in the Seixal Industrial Park, in Setúbal.

The injection of green hydrogen (H2) into the natural gas (NG) network is the subject of a pilot project, prepared by GGND, for the distribution of a mixture of hydrogen and natural gas in a distribution network operated by Setgás (operator distribution network managed by GGND itself).
The point of production of H2 is located at the headquarters of the company Gestene, in the Industrial Park of Seixal, Setúbal. This company, a partner in this pilot, currently has an electrolyser and a photovoltaic park at its headquarters, with a view to producing, on an experimental basis, 10 m³/h of green hydrogen.
Given the proximity between the production unit and the Setgás network, and given the local configuration of the distribution network, the development of this project will cover around 80 usage facilities, with essentially residential characteristics. To connect the production point and the injection point, a new network section (1,400 m.) will be built, along which 100% H2 will circulate. In a first phase of the pilot, the ratio of the H2/NG mixture will increase up to 5%, reaching, in a second phase, the maximum percentage of 20%, using H2 produced from green energy purchased from a supplier, if necessary .
Various controls will also be carried out on the behavior of the equipment involved, largely entrusted to specialized entities, namely through the participation of a gas inspector, an entity certifying domestic gas equipment and also involving the participation of manufacturers of this equipment.

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