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The Italian Hydrogen Valley

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The first Italian Hydrogen Valley will be built near Rome, at the ENEA Casaccia Research Center, and will take care of the energy vector at 360 degrees to shorten the distance that currently separates the most promising innovations from large-scale production. The project conceived by ENEA was born with an investment of 14 million euros (Mission Innovation funds) to create the first Italian technological incubator for the development of the hydrogen supply chain that takes care of the entire nascent supply chain (from production to distribution, from accumulation to use) in collaboration with universities, research institutes, associations and companies, with the aim of promoting the energy transition and decarbonisation.

Today green hydrogen can be obtained from various renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics and wind power. ENEA will experiment with new technologies for production, through the use of waste (residual biomass) and the use of renewable medium-high temperature heat produced by concentrated solar plants.

Inside the incubator, pure hydrogen and mixed with natural gas can be used for the production of electricity; in fact, hydrogen-methane mixtures will be developed to be introduced into the internal gas distribution network and a local “hydrogen pipeline” will be created dedicated to the transport of pure hydrogen under pressure, to be used in a capillary manner according to the demand of the users. It is also planned to build a refueling station for hydrogen vehicles, such as vehicles for the movement of goods, buses and cars, in use within the ENEA Research Center, with the aim of demonstrating the contribution of this fuel to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector.

The ENEA hydrogen strategy also provides for the implementation of projects for the decarbonization of industry, in particular the energy-intensive one, but also of heavy road and rail transport still powered by diesel.

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The Italian Hydrogen Valley

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The first Italian Hydrogen Valley will be built near Rome, at the ENEA Casaccia Research Center, and will take care of the energy vector at 360 degrees to shorten the distance that currently separates the most promising innovations from large-scale production. The project conceived by ENEA was born with an investment of 14 million euros (Mission Innovation funds) to create the first Italian technological incubator for the development of the hydrogen supply chain that takes care of the entire nascent supply chain (from production to distribution, from accumulation to use) in collaboration with universities, research institutes, associations and companies, with the aim of promoting the energy transition and decarbonisation.

Today green hydrogen can be obtained from various renewable energy sources, such as photovoltaics and wind power. ENEA will experiment with new technologies for production, through the use of waste (residual biomass) and the use of renewable medium-high temperature heat produced by concentrated solar plants.

Inside the incubator, pure hydrogen and mixed with natural gas can be used for the production of electricity; in fact, hydrogen-methane mixtures will be developed to be introduced into the internal gas distribution network and a local “hydrogen pipeline” will be created dedicated to the transport of pure hydrogen under pressure, to be used in a capillary manner according to the demand of the users. It is also planned to build a refueling station for hydrogen vehicles, such as vehicles for the movement of goods, buses and cars, in use within the ENEA Research Center, with the aim of demonstrating the contribution of this fuel to the decarbonisation of the mobility sector.

The ENEA hydrogen strategy also provides for the implementation of projects for the decarbonization of industry, in particular the energy-intensive one, but also of heavy road and rail transport still powered by diesel.

More info

R-ACES has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 892429

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