Enel and Eni jointly develop hydrogen projects

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Global energy sector leaders Enel and Eni are working together to develop green hydrogen projects. The two partners are planning to produce green hydrogen through electrolyzers powered by renewable energy. The electrolyzers will be located near two of the Eni refineries, where green hydrogen appears to be the best decarbonization option. Each of the two pilot projects will feature an electrolyzer of around 10 MW and are expected to start generating green hydrogen by 2022-2023.

We are interested in exploring with Eni the promising green hydrogen sector. Together, we identified a couple of sites where we can start with the first projects. The overall system we have in mind will be working as a closed-loop. The electrolyzer fed by renewable energy and the refinery will be at the same location, therefore avoiding complex transport infrastructure to move hydrogen around.

We are looking forward to seeing green hydrogen supplying Eni’s refinery and biorefinery processes. We are working to have the first operating system in place before the end of our current three-year plan.”

In the green hydrogen segment, the Enel Group is also developing projects in Spain, Chile, and the United States. Should the green hydrogen industry’s expected economic improvements be confirmed, the Group plans to grow its green hydrogen capacity to over 2 GW by 2030.

In the hydrogen segment, Eni is also studying other projects in Italy and the UK.

Our goal is to accelerate the reduction of our carbon footprint by implementing the best suitable low carbon solution, either green or blue, to reduce our direct emissions as well as switching to bioproducts to supply our clients.”