PLOCAN now Leads Innovation of Renewable Energy, H2Heat has Started
PLOCAN now Leads Innovation of Renewable Energy, H2Heat has Started 520 226 H2Heat Project

Pioneering Sustainable Heating

The Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands (PLOCAN) is leading a consortium of eleven institutions and companies from Spain, Ireland, United Kingdom, Estonia and Ukraine for the development of a project called H2Heat for the production and use of hydrogen from marine renewable sources to be used for heating and power generation in the Materno Infantil Island Hospital Complex in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Buildings account for 40% of total energy consumption and 36% of greenhouse gas emissions in the EU, and 79% of that energy is used to heat water and air conditioning. 

The overall objective of the H2Heat project, with a budget of 13 million euros, of which 10 million euros is provided by the European Union, and a duration of 5 years, is to demonstrate the complete value chain of green hydrogen (H2) heating for commercial buildings. 

Innovative Components of the H2Heat Project: Advancements in Green Hydrogen Production and Utilization

The H2Heat project, called “Innovative production of renewable energy vectors for heating from renewable energy, features as main innovations the production of highly combustible hydrogen with an innovative 1MW electrolyzer using marine renewable energy; the combination of an advanced combustion technology burner (Combined Heat and Power (CHP)) designed for hydrogen operation and a heat pump; and an infrastructure for transporting hydrogen from the production facility to the end user.

The renewable energy will come from Esteyco’s offshore wind turbine, the electrolyzer will be located at EMALSA’s facilities in Jinámar, and the CHP burner and heat pump at the Complejo Hospitalario Insular Materno Infantil de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (CHUIMI).

H2HEAT, in collaboration with the Canary Health Service (SCS), aims to create a complete demonstration of green H2 for heating and, subsequently, energy. This will serve as a replicable model to all SCS hospitals, allowing the SCS to comply with its “Zer0 Net Emissions Health Strategy”, achieving a deep decarbonization. 

Strategic Collaborations

Consortium Partners and Technical Innovations in the H2Heat Project

In addition, H2Heat will reduce costs at all stages of the value chain through innovation in electrolyzer design, smart Energy Management System (EMS), Hydrogen (H2) compression and storage and H2-CHP/heat pump system, and, through the project’s innovations in hydrogen production and use for heating, show evidence of impact in advancing EU targets for climate protection, energy independence and economic growth.

The project develops the “Hydrogen Valley” concept on the island of Gran Canaria and will extend it to the archipelago.

The complete and complementary combination of experience and expertise brought by the consortium partners will ensure an efficient realization of the technical objectives of the project, reduce the cost of H2 fuel for consumers and develop replicable business models for large-scale commercial use of H2 as a direct heating alternative in Gran Canaria. 

The H2Heat project partners are: PLOCAN; Esteyco Spain Fixed and floating Wind Turbine company; Neodyne Ireland Electrical engineering responsible for EMS control; Stargate Estonia responsible for the Electrolyzer, compressor and storage; 2G Spain responsible for H2 CHP; ICoRSA Ireland Dissemination and Communication and Public engagement; CMS Spain for Gran Canaria Public engagement; EMEC UK Orkney Islands for experience in H2 distribution networks, business models and technoeconomics; SCS/CHUIMI Spain Canary Health Service; Canary Islands Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society of the Canary Islands Government (ACIISI); SPLP Ukraine H2 experts in electrolyser research.

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