Through the H2VLC Programme – Valencia Green Hydrogen Valley – Valencia City Council, the Fundación Valenciaport, the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Regional Ministry of Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility have created an alliance to promote green hydrogen in the transport and logistics sector in the metropolitan area and the port.
The Mayor, Joan Ribó; the Councillor for Territorial Policy, Public Works and Mobility, Arcadi España; the Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), José Esteban Capilla, and the President of the Valenciaport Foundation, Aurelio Martínez, signed the agreement to develop the project this morning in the Salón de Cristal.
The aim of Valencia Hydrogen Valley is to coordinate, create synergies and promote research into green hydrogen in the transport and logistics sector in Valencia and its metropolitan area. This project involves more than 30 companies and SMEs, five research centres, eight public entities, three spin-offs, 13 investment initiatives and eight technological development projects that mobilise more than 160 million euros of investment. The H2VLC project will be coordinated from the Las Naves innovation centre and will be eligible for financial support from the Spanish government’s Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan.
H2VLC is articulated around 21 projects, ranging from the construction of specific infrastructures for the generation and dispensing of green hydrogen for transport, to the acquisition of trucks, buses, vans, urban service vehicles and industrial logistics transport vehicles powered by green hydrogen. It includes the development and production of a hydrogen tram, as well as commercial technologies for the generation, consumption and integrated management of the green hydrogen value chain, with projects to be carried out by research centres of the UPV and the UV, in collaboration with different companies in the Valencia Region.
More than 40 Valencian companies, institutions and entities have already joined the initiative, including Consum, Aguas de València, BP, Balearia, EMT, Stadler, the Gimeno Group, Pavasal, FGV, DAM, ETRA, Transvia, the Alonso Group, the Sociedad de Agricultores de la Vega, and the Valencian Federation of Transport and Logistics Entrepreneurs (FVET). It also has the support of three reference research centres of the UPV -the CMT-Thermal Engines Institute, the Institute of Chemical Technology (UPV-CSIC) and the Institute of Energy Engineering-, another one of the University of Valencia -the Institute of Molecular Science, ICMOL-, and the Technological Institute of Energy (ITE).
The president of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV) and Fundación Valenciaport, Aurelio Martínez, said during the presentation of the H2VLC Valencia Green Hydrogen Valley project in the Glass Hall of the Valencia City Hall that “Valenciaport is a pioneer in Europe in the use of hydrogen in port operations through the H2Ports project and for which we have received the international Green4Sea award”.
The president of the APV explained that “Valenciaport has been committed for many years to issues of decarbonisation, balance and sustainability and a good proof of this is that we have all the environmental and energy certifications, we measure and monitor noise levels, water and air quality”. In this sense, Martínez added that “the Port of Valencia has two air quality measurement booths with the latest technology that record eight elements of different gases and particles to report the data in real time and available on the Generalitat’s network. These control booths have never been disconnected since they were installed and allow us to know the air quality around the port”.
In 2008,” continued the president of the APV, “we began calculating the carbon footprint and since then the footprint has been reduced by 30% while in the same period traffic has increased by 42%. Our commitment is obvious and this is confirmed by the data, but we want to be more ambitious with the Valenciaport 2030, zero emissions project. We have research mechanisms and economic resources to implement projects with alternative and green energies that will allow us to be 20 years ahead of the European objectives of decarbonisation and the fight against climate change”.
The president of the APV said during the presentation of H2VLC Valencia Hydrogen Valley that “this energy is sure to play a key role in a decarbonised and emission-free economy, but there is still a lot of work and investment to be done and also a lot to learn, and there is no better way to do it than daring to be pioneers and take the first steps”. For Martínez “an initiative such as H2VLC could be key for the future and the commitment to sustainable growth, and the Port has the duty and, above all, the will to do its bit and collaborate with the region, the city and the rest of the social and economic agents to achieve this”.