Enagás has launched the Hydrogen Technological Observatory to promote the technical progress of renewable hydrogen, as announced this Tuesday by the group’s CEO, Arturo Gonzalo, during the opening of the ‘Enagás H2 Technical Day’.

Specifically, this observatory will have the purpose of “promoting, deepening and sharing technical advances in the field of renewable hydrogen,” said Gonzalo, who highlighted the importance of technology “in the face of the imminent development of a hydrogen market in Europe.”

Furthermore, the Enagás executive considered that it will be “a meeting point open to the main agents of the hydrogen value chain”, describing the ‘Enagás H2 Technical Day’, which has been attended by experts from the institutional field , industrial, operational and regulatory, as “the first stone” of this forum.

This event, promoted by Enagás, is held after the meeting this Monday in Madrid of the participants of the project for the technological development of hydrogen transportation H2GAR (Hydrogen Gas Assets Readiness), made up of seven European operators (Transmission System Operators): Fluxys, Gasunie, GRTGaz, National Grid, OGE, Snam and Enagás.

Gonzalo highlighted that the development of renewable hydrogen is “perfectly technologically viable”, with scaling challenges in areas such as the material of hydroducts, instrumentation, compressors, storage in salt cavities, adaptation of existing networks, design of the dedicated network , maintenance, measurement and digitalization.

“Hydrogen has been transported through pipelines since 1938,” so “the technology is proven and now the challenge is to scale it,” the manager stressed.

Furthermore, he stated that the context is favorable for this escalation, and, in this regard, he stressed that Europe “is clear about this and is increasing its ambition.”

Thus, he pointed out that if by 2030 the European REPowerEU plan sets the consumption of green hydrogen at 20 million tons, producing half of it in Europe, the European Commission already suggests that by 2040 EU production reaches 35 to 40 million tons. .