The SHYNE (Spanish Hydrogen Network) project, the largest renewable hydrogen consortium in Spain, made up of 33 entities from different sectors, was presented today at the Repsol Campus, headquarters of Repsol SA (Madrid, Spain). It brings together 22 companies and 11 associations, technological centers and universities under the leadership of Repsol with the aim of promoting renewable hydrogen projects in all areas of the Spanish economy and, thus, stimulating rapid and effective decarbonization through this energy vector considered as one of the keys to the energy transition.
SHYNE aspires to be a reference project in Europe, structuring new opportunities throughout the value chain, thanks to the collaboration between companies that pursue a common objective: to decarbonize their activity, and to combine efforts and investments to achieve it. To this end, the project has six promoter partners, in addition to Repsol. All are leading companies in their sector: Alsa, Bosch, Celsa, Enagas, Scania and Talgo.
The projects grouped in SHYNE will involve a cumulative investment of 3.23 billion euros. This investment will allow the implementation of different initiatives for the production, distribution and use of renewable hydrogen in the industrial sector, in transport, as well as other applications, and the development of pioneering technologies and the acceleration deployment plans for this gas. The overall project should generate more than 13,000 jobs.
11 associations, technological centers and universities are collaborating partners of the projects. These include the Spanish Hydrogen Association (AEH2), the National Center for Experimentation in Hydrogen Technology and Fuel Cells (CNH2), the Spanish Society of Ceramics and Glass , of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), of the Automotive Technology Center of the Region of Galicia. (CTAG), the Foundation for the Development of New Hydrogen Technologies in the Region of Aragon (FHa), the Energy Research Institute of the Region of Catalonia (IREC), TECNALIA and Cidetec, as well as the universities of Castile-La Mancha and Alicante.
The consortium is made up of 22 companies from different sectors, such as Iberia and Balearia, respectively leaders in air and maritime transport. The public company Navantia and PYMAR, a company that brings together small and medium-sized private shipyards in Spain. Steel companies such as Sidenor, AMES Group and Tubacex. Calvera, which designs gas storage and distribution systems. Power generation companies such as BBE. Engineering companies for electric mobility, such as EPowerlabs. Primafrío, specialized in refrigerated transport; the leading engineering company in marine solutions, Wartsila. The technology companies Zigor, which develops power electronics systems, and Magrana, which specializes in innovative solutions for industry. Also, DYPAM, a spin-off from the University of Castile-La Mancha that focuses on the design and processing of advanced materials. The synergies between these entities through the SHYNE consortium will enable coordinated industrial developments throughout the hydrogen value chain.
Spain is in a privileged position compared to other countries to seize the opportunities generated by the new economy of renewable hydrogen thanks to the wide availability of solar and wind resources, as well as the capacity of the industry to s adapt to a new economy around the hydrogen value chain.
The SHYNE project aims to generate an ecosystem that connects the major regional hydrogen initiatives already underway, such as the Basque Region Hydrogen Corridor (BH2C), the Catalonia Region Hydrogen Valley and the Valley of hydrogen from the region of Murcia. In addition, SHYNE will promote the creation of two new innovation hubs in the regions of Castile-La Mancha and Madrid. Their objective will be the advancement of competitive technologies under development, such as photoelectrocatalysis or solid oxide electrolysis (SOEC). These technologies will help the country maintain its technological sovereignty in this new energy vector.
A knowledge management center will also be created in Madrid to coordinate transversal actions and position the technology centers and participating universities as reference centers in Europe. In this way, an efficient network will be created that will capture the synergies between production poles, industrial centers and other hydrogen consumers, ensuring the competitiveness of renewable gas and avoiding the transfer of additional costs to end users.
The SHYNE project is perfectly aligned with the objectives defined by both the European Union and the Spanish government. The latter, in the Hydrogen Roadmap published in October 2020, set itself the objective of reaching 4 GW of capacity by 2030. For its part, the “Spain Can Plan” supports the creation of this type of consortium , especially those that are multi-sectoral and integrate the entire value chain and that promote public-private collaboration and collaboration with small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as with research centers to boost the economy of Europe. hydrogen.
In turn, SHYNE is part of the Strategic Projects for the Recovery and Economic Transformation of Renewable Energies, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage (PERTE ERHA) of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan launched by the Ministry of the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge last December.
Renewable hydrogen is one of the pillars of Repsol’s strategy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. The company presented its renewable hydrogen strategy last October, with which it aims to lead production in the Iberian Peninsula and to play a leading role in Europe. To this end, it will use all available technologies and is developing, together with Enagás, a proprietary technology called photoelectrocatalysis that will be able to produce hydrogen from water and sunlight.
Repsol’s industrial complexes, which are currently being transformed into multi-energy hubs, are true nerve centers for renewable hydrogen initiatives and will play a key role in SHYNE. They will combine the production and use of this gas to transform it into products with a low, zero or negative carbon footprint, such as fuels and sustainable materials for construction or health, among others.
Synergies between companies collaborating in SHYNE will support coordinated industrial developments along the hydrogen value chain, maximizing investment capabilities. This premise will be essential to achieve decarbonization in the most efficient way and at the lowest cost, mainly in sectors where electrification is not a solution today, such as the steel sector in which Celsa is developing its activity, or in transport segments such as aviation and long-distance maritime, rail or heavy transport, with Iberia, Balearia, Talgo and Alsa as references. Thus, the challenge of decarbonization becomes a great opportunity to generate wealth and technological and industrial development in Spain thanks to this new renewable hydrogen economy.