The Alicante City University Venue has welcomed this Monday the signing of the HyVus project consortium, a joint initiative of Vectalia, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), Iberdrola and Aguas de Alicante for the impulse of green hydrogen in Alicante. The four companies come together to apply for the Next Generation funds with the aim of developing a mobility model “increasingly responsible, sustainable and respectful of the environment; through the production and use of green hydrogen as fuel ”, according to the promoters.
The event, chaired by the rector of the University, Amparo Navarro, has also had the presence of the Mayor of Alicante, Luis Barcala, the Minister of Sustainable Economy, Rafael Climent and the regional secretary of the Ministry of Mobility, Maria Perez, among other authorities, as well as representatives of various companies and institutions. All have expressed their support for this “circular economy” project that includes the generation of green hydrogen that will feed part of the Vectalia bus fleet, as well as vehicles from other operators, contributing to the reduction of emissions associated with land mobility in Alicante .
In the act, Antonio Arias placeholder image, CEO and Vice President of Vectalia; Felipe Hernandez, managing director FRV-X; Millán García-Tola, Global Director of Hydrogen at Iberdrola; and Javier Diez, General Director of Aguas de Alicante have signed the constitution of a consortium that will serve to develop this initiative, when the European funds arrive.
The whole process, from production
HyVus is a comprehensive project that pursues the application of renewable hydrogen as a vector for decarbonization of heavy vehicle mobility on a large scale, through an initiative that ranges from the generation of clean energy, self-production and hydrogen supply, to the transformation of fleets. Along with this, also, the implementation of blockchain technology for the traceability of green certificates of renewable origin.
The project begins with the deployment of a photovoltaic plant in Alicante, adjacent to the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) «Rincón de León» managed by Aguas de Alicante, as an infrastructure for the generation of green energy that will enable the production of renewable electricity to be supplied to an electrolyzer. With a maximum consumption of the H2 production plant estimated at 2,824 cubic meters per year, the treatment plant will satisfy this demand with reused water osmotized, which means a reduction in the pretreatment necessary for hydrogen production and a significant decrease in the water footprint, in a context of scarcity of natural resources such as the current one.
The plant will be directly connected to a 1.25 MW PEM electrolyzer, hydrogen production and logistics infrastructure, which will allow it to produce around 345 kg / day (15 hours of operation per day). For the supply, together with the electrolyzer a refueling station for heavy hydrogen vehicles at 350 bar pressure. This station will have public access and direct hydrogen recharge, although it will have a loading dock to manage the logistics of its transport in case of need.
Added to this is the valorization of oxygen by the Rincón de León WWTP. Hydrogen generation will produce 140.75 Nm3 / hour of O2 as a by-product (481,824.5Nm3 / year), O2 that will cover a significant part of the aeration needs of Rincón de León in the process of biological purification, with an estimated energy saving of 150 MWh per year. HyVus starts with a 1.25MW electrolyzer, although it is a scalable project as demand increases, with the capacity to grow to the expected 10MW.
The whole process will fulfill the final objective of the promoters of HyVus, to help the energy transition and the decarbonization of the bus fleet of Vectalia or, in an initiative that has been dimensioned in a scalable way, so that it admits an increase in demand over time. An ambitious roadmap that aspires to join other hydrogen users, offering an energy solution that is as competitive as possible thanks to economies of scale.
HyVus, an open project
Since its inception, HyVus has been an inclusive and open project that seeks to incorporate new strategic alliances with organizations at the forefront of the green H2 value chain, from generation and production to end uses. Thus, thanks to public-private collaboration, the initiative has letters of adhesion from the Ministry of Mobility and Innovation, the Alicante City Council, the Port Authority, of the rectors of the two Universities, of the Technological Institute of Energy, as well as several companies, such as Baleària and Boluda shipping companies, among other.
This hybrid model, in which the public Administration and the private sector jointly promote the sustainable mobility of people and goods, HyVus aims to position Alicante at the forefront of European cities with an innovative solution for its public transport, as well as the Valencian Community territory as a national benchmark on the green hydrogen roadmap in Spain. It will also involve investment and sustainable employment, with the mobilization of more than ten million euros, contributing to the development of the hydrogen value chain.