he dedicated hydrogen infrastructure planned for the Hydrogen Valley in Puglia has been included by the European Commission among the IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) projects on hydrogen approved last February 15th as part of the Hy2Infra wave . This third IPCEI wave , which comes after Hy2Tech, dedicated to the development of hydrogen technologies for end users, and Hy2Use, focused on hydrogen applications in the industrial sector, considers 32 companies involved for a total of 33 projects in Europe. The framework was designed and notified jointly by seven Member States: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia. Under this programme, Member States will provide up to 6.9 billion euros in public funding, which should in turn stimulate private investments of a further 5.4 billion dedicated to innovative projects in strategic sectors for European industry. The infrastructure designed by Snam is part of the broader framework of the development of the hydrogen supply chain which involves other primary industrial operators active in Puglia. The Snam project, whose operational phase is expected in 2028, involves overall investments of approximately 100 million euros, dedicated to the repurposing of existing pipelines (85 km) and the installation of new pipes, for a total length of approximately 110 km . As a whole, IPCEI Hy2Infra will support at European level the deployment of electrolysers for 3.2 GW, the construction and reconversion of pipelines for the transport and distribution of hydrogen for approximately 2,700 km, the development of hydrogen storage plants hydrogen for at least 370 GWh and the construction of handling terminals and related port infrastructure for liquid organic hydrogen carriers to handle 6,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year.

Puglia’s Hydrogen Valley: A Keystone in Europe’s Green Energy Transition

The European Commission has recognized the Hydrogen Valley in Puglia as a key component in the advancement of green energy infrastructure, incorporating it into the IPCEI (Important Projects of Common European Interest) on hydrogen. This endorsement came on February 15th, as part of the Hy2Infra wave, marking a significant milestone in the development of hydrogen technology across Europe.

This latest initiative, following the Hy2Tech and Hy2Use waves, focuses on hydrogen technology for end-users and industrial applications, respectively. The Hy2Infra wave involves 32 companies across Europe, undertaking 33 innovative projects. These projects are part of a collaborative effort by seven Member States: France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, and Slovakia, with plans to mobilize up to 6.9 billion euros in public funding. This financial injection is expected to trigger an additional 5.4 billion euros in private investments towards strategic sectors of the European industry.

Snam’s initiative, set to operationalize by 2028, is at the forefront of this endeavor in Puglia, involving a substantial investment of around 100 million euros. This investment will focus on repurposing 85 kilometers of existing pipelines and installing an additional 110 kilometers of new pipelines, integral to the region’s hydrogen supply chain development. This project not only involves Snam but also brings together various leading industrial players in Puglia, signifying a collaborative push towards establishing a sustainable energy ecosystem.

Collectively, the IPCEI Hy2Infra aims to bolster the European green energy landscape by supporting the deployment of 3.2 GW worth of electrolysers, developing and converting around 2,700 kilometers of hydrogen transport and distribution pipelines, creating hydrogen storage facilities capable of holding at least 370 GWh, and constructing infrastructure for handling 6,000 tonnes of hydrogen per year through terminals and port facilities for liquid organic hydrogen carriers. This comprehensive approach underlines Europe’s commitment to transitioning towards a more sustainable and hydrogen-fueled future.

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