Julio Verne: hydrogen dispenser


Blue Energy

Blue Energy


In order to reach the goals of the European Union to obtain a carbon neutral economy by 2050, it is necessary to develop alternative fuels to fossil fuels and their progressive replacement in homes, industry or transport.

In this sense, green hydrogen is postulated as a strong candidate to achieve this goal both due to its characteristics as a fuel and economies of scale in its production as well as the guarantee of zero emissions in its use.

That is why the Port of Vigo, within the framework of its "Blue Growth" strategy, has decided to start the conceptual design and consolidation of the consortium of companies to develop the "Julio Verne" Project, a pilot project for testing / demonstration of medium and long-term technical-economic viability of a hydrogen generation and dispensing point for both port logistics applications and land and maritime mobility in the Vigo Port Area.

Hydrogen generation will be obtained from an electrolyzer connected to the electricity grid, fed locally as far as possible by associated renewable facilities and completed by PPAs of 100% Renewable origin. The hydrogen generated will be used to fuel pilot / demonstration projects in mobility (port logistics, automotive and naval).

The project will be developed in two phases to adapt it to demand, with an initial estimate of about 129 kg / day (nominal) and ending at approximately 516 kg / day (nominal). And the installation will consist of the following:

  • Renewable energy generation systems in self-consumption mode associated with the electrolyzer (power to be determined based on the space available in the port area).
  • Electrolyzer (PEM or Alkaline), initially it was proposed to install a 300 kW electrolyzer with the possibility of being able to easily increase the size of the plant to approximately 1.2 MW.
  • The supply of the Electrolyzer includes the electrical transformer, the purified water generation unit (<1 μs) and the Hydrogen separating, drying and purifying unit.
  • Lung at 30 bar
  • Dual dispensing system for different vehicles. For heavy transport (trucks, buses or boats) the dispensing will be done at 350 bar, and for light vehicles (utility cars) there will be a 700 bar dispenser.

The estimated budget for the first phase is € 2,309,165 while the projection of the expansion of the project to reach its maximum capacity is another € 2,158,800.

This project will be developed by a consortium of companies, organizations and institutions with extensive experience in the management and development of similar complex technical projects, being participants: UNIVERGY, BURÁN, NEUWALME, SOLTEC, ENERGYLAB, ANFACO, ACLUNAGA, CTAG, QUANTUM GROUP and the PORT AUTHORITY OF VIGO.

"One day water will be used as fuel, that hydrogen and oxygen that constitute it, used alone or together, will provide an inexhaustible source of heat and light, of an intensity that coal is not capable of (...)". The Island Mysterious (Julio Verne)


Puerto de Vigo