HyChem aims to implement one of its most ambitious projects – HyChemLowC, starting from 2024. Aligned with the strategic vision of its shareholders, the project positions the Company as a role model in industrial transformation and on the energy transition towards green hydrogen.
Designed within the framework of the Recovery and Resilience Facility (PRR), Industry Decarbonization component, this project represents a total investment of 25.7 million euro, from which 11.7 million euro funded by non-repayable support. Its objective consists of either to decarbonize the production unit while enhancing the generation of renewable energy for self-consumption and improve energy efficiency.
The project involves the introduction of low-carbon technologies, making the production of sodium chlorate and hydrogen a green and sustainable process. This includes adapting the electrolysis unit to be compatible with the use of renewable energy.
The production will incorporate self-consumption of renewable energy from various sources, and systems will be developed to increase energy efficiency through greater digitization and automation of processes.
The HyChemLowC project, lasting 24 months, consists of six subprojects, including the production of renewable energy for self-consumption. This involves installing a photovoltaic park with a capacity of 13 GWh/year and a wind park of 12.8 GWh/year, consisting of two wind turbines located outside the facilities.
Regarding hydrogen, one of the subprojects (LOHC pilot) involves investing in hydrogenation and dehydrogenation tanks and reactors for an oil, an innovative technological solution that positions the company as a pioneer in the storage and distribution of H2 for consumption under efficient and low-risk conditions. Another subproject involves the installation of a hydrogen-powered electrical generator.
The main objective of the HyChemLowC project is to adapt the sodium chlorate and hydrogen production unit, within the scope of Low Carbon Processes and Technologies in Industry, eliminating the use of non-renewable electrical energy. This will prevent the annual emission of 44 thousand tons of CO2.