Malta wants to supply hydrogen to gas pipeline by 2030

The Maltese government is exploring the possibility of mixing hydrogen and other renewable fuels, including bio-methane, from the Gela gas pipeline in Sicily by 2030.

The pipeline project, which aims to meet the needs of potential investors in hydrogen production, storage and transportation, has been tendered by Melita Transgas, a national company commissioned for market research.

EU hopes for funding for hydrogen-ready pipeline have improved. Energy Minister Miriam Dali has been given another chance as a European Union project after he confirmed the collapse of Malta’s gas pipeline in 2021 by linking funds to a European facility. Common interest.

The first gas pipeline is planned to re-transport green hydrogen and “other gases and natural gas, renewable gases” and “up to 100% green hydrogen”.

Malta Todi reported last month that the source of hydrogen would probably be in the area where he began experimenting with green hydrogen production, hydrogen from renewable energy sources.

The market research shows plans to produce and supply green hydrogen or bio-methane gases to “better understand” potential Italian investors such as Anne, Snam, Enel, Edison, SGI and others. Estimate the size and cost of the Gela area in Sicily, and the completion of the pipeline for 35 years.

The study looks at European and national funding programs for various projects in the Hydrogen chain in southern Italy, particularly in Sicily.

The study also assesses the cost of hydrogen production.

In Sicily, Gela is an Ini bio-refinery that used to produce “gray” hydrogen biofuels. With the closure of petrochemical factories built in the 1960s, the city is still reeling and relying on ENI energy investments: energy-rich Malta could end up growing the city’s economy.

When asked in Malta in July, he did not provide details on how Malta would reach the “green” hydrogen market, knowing that the technology was still in its infancy.

The ministry acknowledged that green hydrogen was still a growing technology, thinking it needed to grow faster.

Annie currently uses hydrogen to produce hydro-treated vegetable oil (HOO) biofuels in Venice and Gela bio-refining plants. Most of the hydrogen is produced by steam hydrogen modulation (SMR), also known as gray hydrogen.

In December 2021, Annie and Anel announced that they would work together to develop green hydrogen projects with renewable energy electrolyzers. The electrolyzers are located in Taranto and Gela near Iranian filters.

At Gela, ENI plans to supplement existing plants using gray and blue hydrogen to explore how these can “interact and integrate”.

In May alone, Paula Brunetto, head of the Hydrogen Trade of Enel Green Power, acknowledged that green hydrogen is more expensive to produce than hydrogen, and that the emergence of the green hydrogen market is based on public incentives.

From fossil fuels used as fossil fuels, and from blue and hydrogen based on expensive and incredible carbon storage and storage technology, the proposed alternative green hydrogen is produced by electrolysis in Malta to convert electricity from renewable energy sources, water into hydrogen and oxygen.

Globally, about 2% of hydrogen production comes from electrolysis, with most hydrogen being directly from fossil fuels such as lignite, coal and methane.

Environmentalists are generally wary of the new technology, which will extend dependence on fossil fuels and extend the life of existing power plants.

Hydrogen supply requires the renovation of existing power stations. Malta has been set up by Seychelles today to handle the conversion of an electrogas plant into hydrogen.

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