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.
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.