The president, Hiturkullu, defended that the “adequate response” to climate change will come thanks to science and innovation. “We don’t have a planet ‘B’. We have to find and explore new ways to link our survival to the planet, and the new Energy Transition and Climate Change Law “Allows us to continue more decisively on this path,” he emphasized.
Urkullu participated this Friday in Donostia in the inauguration of the new Tecnalia hydrogen laboratory, pioneered in Europe. The facilities, located in the Gipuzkoa Technology Park, are intended for research and validation of technologies such as welscalecale in the industry to promote decarbonization and business competitiveness.
Accompanied by advisor Economic Development, Sustainability, and Environment, Arantxa TapiaThe General Deputy of Gipuzkoa, Eider Mendoza, the mayor of Donostia, Eneko Goia, and the president of Tecnalia, Alex Belaustegui, visited the new laboratory, dedicated to the development of technologies for the generation, storage, transportation, distribution, use, and safety of hydrogen.
The facilities consist of more than 1,000 square metersrepresents a investment that exceeds 5 million euros the result of collaboration between meters represents, the support of the Basque Government, and the surrounding companies, as indicated by those responsible.
After the visit, Iñigo Urkullu thanked Tecnalia for the “commitment” to hydrogen for 20 years now, and emphasized its “vision of the future” and its technology center’s commitment to “accelerate the green transition to a low-carbon economy.”
The Lehendakari assured that The new laboratory will “make a difference” and add “another pillar” to the Basque strategy for technology, industry and energy innovation. Therefore, he is convinced that “the proper response to climate change comes t, through science and research.”
After emphasizing that “this country has understood, for a long time, that our Excessive consumption of fossil fuels is not a good sign”, he assured that public institutions, in partnership with private initiative, “will continue this commitment that will lead us to a greener, more sustainable and fairer planet.”
In this sense, he assured that Euskadi is an innovative country and recalled that in the last two decades, investments in innovation have tripled, reaching 1.8 billion euros – “the highest figure in our history ” -, which allows Euskadi to strengthen its position. of the European Innovation Panel, with “strong” countries such as Germany, Austria and France.
Bet on hydrogen
The Tecnalia technological research and development center launched a laboratory dedicated to the development of technologies for the generation, storage, transportation, distribution, use and safety of hydrogenwith pioneering facilities in Europe for its research and validation, as well as, its scaling to hydrogen with its industrialization.
These facilities, which cover an area of more than 1,000 square meters and require an investment of more than 5 million euros to launch, were created with the aim of “developing new technology to enhance the competitiveness of business in the global market.” that this, in turn, feeds back into the environment and has a social impact.
On the other hand, it seeks to “promote the scaling of hydrogen technology, from those intended for the generation to the addresses of use, distribution, storage, and transportation, including security, to bring them to industry.”
To make this possible, Tecnalia collaborates with companies in the hydrogen value chain. In addition, it has the support of the Basque Government through Azpitek, Cervera program of the Center for Industrial Technological Development CDTI and the PERTE program for Renewable Energies, Renewable Hydrogen and Storage ERHA of the Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving IDAE.
Currently, In this laboratory, more than 50 projects are carried out around the generation, storage, distribution, transportation, use and safety of hydrogen. In the field of generation, the laboratory has equipment to test all available, technologies for electrolyzers and fuel cells.
At the same time, Tecnalia develops technologies such as new generation electrolysis and membrane reactors for the generation of green hydrogen at a competitive new-generation, it leads Europe’s largest R&D project for electrolyzers together with 28 other entities.
Regarding storage, it is immersed in the search for transport alternatives that allow large quantities of hydrogen to be transported over long distances “at a competitive cost and in a sustainable way.” Also, they investigated the suitability of different materials in contact with high-pressure hydrogen gas for pipes, storage tanks and salt caverns for underground storage.
In terms of security, the center is working on the development, not on sensors for detecting hydrogen leaks and analyzing the associated risks. It also works with advanced hydrogen-based solutions for sustainable mobility; in vehicle propulsion systems; and for combustion systems used in other industries such as the steel industry.