“Prometeo,” also Italy takes part in the EU project to reduce the costs of green hydrogen
Businesses and research centers from different countries involved. Investment of 2.7 million euros
“Prometheus” is the name of a European project that aims “to reduce the production costs of
green hydrogen to less than 2 €/kg over time, thanks to a highly efficient technology combining
electricity from photovoltaics (or wind) with concentrated solar heat.”
The initiative coordinated by ENEA envisages an investment of 2.7 million euros, of which approximately 2.5 million funded by the European Union through the public and private program FCH JU, (Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking). A pool of Italian and European companies as well as research centers is involved in the 42-month project: the Bruno Kessler Foundation (BKF), the Spanish IMDEA Energy and the Swiss research center EPFL will work together with ENEA on the integration of the prototype with renewable sources; the Italian-Swiss Solid Power will supply electrolysers and the thermo-regulation system, while the Italian group Maire Tecnimont will be in charge of the prototype engineering and commissioning of the plant (through subsidiaries NextChem and Stamicarbon).
As a message underlines, “a key role in the development of final applications will also be played by potential users of the technology: SNAM in the injection of green hydrogen into the gas network, Spanish Capital Energy for the chemical storage of renewable electricity and the Dutch company Stamicarbon in possible uses in the chemical industry.”
The project involves the construction in Italy of a prototype of a 25 kWe solid oxide electrolyser capable of producing 15 kg of hydrogen per day, which will then be validated at a photovoltaic plant in Spain.
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26 March 2021 - 10:50 CET