Enel Green Power Italia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with high-tech naval engineering company Fincantieri to work towards an integrated solution for the production, supply, management and use of green hydrogen for port areas.
The two companies will evaluate the possibility of collaborating both in the supply of green hydrogen to naval, submarine and surface vessels, and to industrial users within port areas.
This will include the design and construction of the necessary infrastructure, such as storage, where necessary, and in the design and development of a system for the management of energy flows.
The latter could include the involvement of other companies from the respective groups.
Enel’s Eugenio Montale power plant in La Spezia will be used as an initial test site for the activities covered by the agreement.
Enel Green Power head of business development Carlo Zorzoli said: “The signing of this agreement represents a further step forward in Enel Green Power's commitment to collaborating with operators interested in developing solutions for the use of green hydrogen in sectors where electrification is not possible, thus contributing to the energy transition process through the decarbonization of industrial activities.”
Fincantieri chief executive business advisor Laura Luigia Martini said: “The European goal of carbon neutrality by 2050 requires the creation of an industrial eco-system on which Fincantieri has been working concretely for some time through a series of operational agreements with the major Italian players for the realisation of complex projects in a short time.
“In this way, we proactively respond not only to the Community demands that States must comply with, but we also consolidate our leadership position in the process towards a more sustainable economy and society.”
Enel said the MoU could “successively undergo future binding agreements defined according to applicable rules and regulations, including those regarding operations between related parties”.