Enel Green Power, NextChem planning green hydrogen project in US
Solar panels. Source: Enel Green Power (www.enelgreenpower.com).
Enel Green Power North America Inc (EGPNA) and NextChem, the green chemistry subsidiary of Maire Tecnimont SpA (BIT:MT), have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will give rise to a green hydrogen project in the US.
EGPNA, the renewables division of Italian utility group Enel SpA, plans to set up an electrolyser at one its solar farms in the US and supply the hydrogen to a bio-refinery, Enel said in a statement.
The MoU will see NextChem, a fellow Italian engaged in the development of sustainable fuel and hydrogen solutions, act as the full turnkey EPC contractor and provide technical assistance to the Enel Green Power team.
The new electrolyser is expected to start operation in 2023.
Enel said it is actively looking into opportunities to co-locate electrolysers across the green power development pipeline in the US, primarily focusing on states in which it already operates.
The US project is the latest in line of Enel’s green hydrogen initiatives at home and abroad. In Italy, the company is working on a project to put up a hydrogen production system for two refineries owned by oil-and-gas major Eni SpA (BIT:ENI). In Chile, Enel’s green power division recently joined a German-Chilean partnership to produce sustainable fuel using a wind powered electrolyser for sports car maker Porsche AG.
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