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Amsterdam – Bilbao hydrogen corridor moves forward with new strategic agreements

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Jesus Carames

April 21, 2024 | 9:01 a.m.

In a significant step towards innovation in renewable energy, the ports of Amsterdam and Bilbao have signed two important agreements to deepen the development of the green hydrogen corridor and its derivatives. This project, which had already begun to take shape in June 2023, seeks to revolutionize the transportation and storage of clean energy between northern and southern Europe.

The first deal: a push toward synthetic aviation fuel

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) involves Petronor-Repsol and KLM, together with the Port of Amsterdam, and focuses on the possibility of producing SAF (synthetic aviation fuel) and e-SAF (hydrogen-based synthetic aviation fuel ) at the Bilbao facilities. Repsol, as one of the leaders in the energy industry, positions itself as the main producer, while KLM explores its role as the main consumer, marking a milestone in the search for sustainable solutions for the aeronautical industry.

The second agreement: transnational collaboration for the transportation of hydrogen

This agreement includes Evos, a prominent storage terminal in the Port of Amsterdam, and the Spanish company Cepsa. Together they will evaluate the opportunities to mobilize hydrogen using various vectors from the south of Spain to the north of the continent. This effort will be complemented by the adaptation of Evos facilities to store LOHCs (liquid organic hydrogen carriers), a technology that promises to be crucial for the efficient management of hydrogen as an energy source.

Context and relevance of the hydrogen corridor

This corridor not only represents physical infrastructure, but also a strategic alliance that strengthens energy cooperation between the countries of the European Union. With green hydrogen at the forefront, the project advocates a radical change in energy consumption, proposing alternatives that significantly reduce dependence on fossil fuels and, therefore, CO2 emissions associated with air and maritime transport.

Although the path towards the full integration of hydrogen into the European energy matrix is ​​complex and full of technical and regulatory challenges, the signed agreements demonstrate a firm commitment from the parties involved. The expectation is that these first steps will translate into robust technological development and an effective reduction in the costs associated with the transportation and storage of hydrogen.

Environmental and economic impact

The successful implementation of this corridor would not only have a positive impact on the environment, by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but could also offer new economic opportunities through the creation of green jobs and the development of new technologies and services around hydrogen.

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