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Construction of green hydrogen plant on grounds of Lloseta CEMEX factory begins

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Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca (P2GH2M), the consortium led by ACCIONA and Enagás in which CEMEX and IDAE participate, has begun construction of the first of its two photovoltaic plants in Lloseta, which represents the start of construction of the first green hydrogen plant in Spain on the grounds of the CEMEX factory in Lloseta.

This photovoltaic installation will have 16 660 solar panels with a capacity to generate 8.59 MWp and a production of 13 516 MWh/year. The other plant, located in the town of Petra, will begin construction shortly and will have 12 740 solar panels with the capacity to generate 6.5 MWp and an annual production of 10 819 MWh/year.

Both solar installations will generate renewable electricity to power the Lloseta hydrogen production plant, which will produce more than 300 t of 100% green hydrogen per year.

It is estimated that the works of each photovoltaic plant will be completed in six months from its inception and that during the construction phase of the plant and the 15 kV line, necessary to transport the energy, 80 workers will be employed in each installation, with priority given to workers affected by the 2019 ERE of the Lloseta cement company.

In the construction of the plants, the participation of local companies is also foreseen, and for some, the service contracts have already been established for the realisation of the topography, the execution of the lines to inject the energy from the plants to the grid and civil works, the clearing and management of trees, and the installation of irrigation or the supply of construction equipment.

The construction of the photovoltaic plants will be carried out following the protocols of good practices in the construction of renewable facilities of ACCIONA to guarantee safety, the minimum impact on public use spaces and the restoration and recovery of soils and biodiversity of the site and surrounding.

The two plants will be surrounded by native vegetation plantations from the land where the facilities are located, to promote landscape integration and preserve the natural heritage. To this end, a plan has been drawn up for the adequate management of the existing trees, which allows both its conservation, its relocation or transplantation and, ultimately, its sustainable management by a local company. In the case of the Petra plant, the actions will also include the cleaning and regeneration of the land previously occupied by a motocross circuit and specific protection measures for the Mediterranean tortoise.

Both plants will be accompanied by a project of shared use with ranchers in the area, which will allow the land on which they are located to be used as a pasture area for flocks of sheep.

Likewise, an innovative agrovoltaic project will be undertaken in the surroundings of the Petra photovoltaic plant, on plots owned by the Institut d'Innovació Empresarial de les Illes Balears (IDI) and made available to the project. The action foresees the adaptation of the plots for crops and the installation of photovoltaic systems to supply the energy needs for the agricultural use of the land, as well as the creation of a greenhouse or irrigation.

Green Hysland

The construction of the renewable hydrogen production plant through Power to Green Hydrogen Mallorca is the core of the European Green Hysland project, coordinated by Enagás and promoted by CEMEX, ACCIONA and IDAE, which Redexis will also be present at through its distribution networks. This project aims to deploy the necessary infrastructures to develop a renewable hydrogen ecosystem in Mallorca and has 10 million euros of funds through the FCH JU (Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking). Green Hysland is made up of 30 partners from 11 countries, nine from the European Union, in addition to Chile and Morocco.

Green hydrogen will have multiple applications on the island, such as the supply of fuel to fleets of buses and fuel cell vehicles through a service station or hydrogenerator, the generation of heat and energy for commercial and public buildings or the supply of auxiliary energy to ferries and port operations.

In addition, part of this green hydrogen will be injected into the gas infrastructures that the Redexis company has deployed on the island and, through a System of Guarantees of Origin developed by ACCIONA with blockchain technology, it will allow for emissions to be reduced in the use of natural gas.

The European Green Hysland initiative foresees a total investment of approximately 50 million euros, including the generation of renewable electricity, the green hydrogen plant, its transport and distribution, and the equipment for its end uses.

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